Safe (2012)



Critic Consensus: While hard-hitting and violently inventive, Safe ultimately proves too formulaic to set itself apart from the action thriller pack -- including some of its star's better films.

Movie Info

A second-rate cage fighter on the mixed martial arts circuit, Luke Wright lives a numbing life of routine beatings and chump change...until the day he blows a rigged fight. Wanting to make an example of him, the Russian Mafia murders his family and banishes him from his life forever, leaving Luke to wander the streets of New York destitute, haunted by guilt, and tormented by the knowledge that he will always be watched, and anyone he develops a relationship with will also be killed.

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Rating: R (for strong violence throughout, and for language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Boaz Yakin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 4, 2012
Box Office: $17.1M
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as Luke Wright

as Captain Wolf

as Han Jiao

as Alex Rosen

as Mayor Tremello

as Emile Docheski

as Vassily Docheski

as Chemyakin

as Quan Chang

as Detective Mears

as Detective Lasky

as Detective Reddick

as Detective Benoit

as Detective Kolfax

as Lieutenant Teague

as Sergeant Mackelvane

as Principal

as Mayor's Aide

as Julius Barkow

as Furious Woman

as Young Homeless Man

as Shelter Security 1

as Shelter Security 2

as Wild-Eyed Man

as Korean Grocer

as Salesgirl

as Hotel Receptionist

as Hooker

as Disco Triad

as Mamoschka's Chef

as Mamoschka's Hostess

as Asian Patrolman

as Russian Gangster

as Police Tech

as Middle Age Man

as Uniformed Cop

as Triad Laptop Soldier

as Young Aide

as Taxi Driver

as Angry Man

as Russiban Mobster

as Triad With Duffel

as Irate Homeless Man

as Middle Age Man
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Critic Reviews for Safe

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (29)

An action film so cack-handed it borders on parody.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
Concrete Playground

It ain't too smart, it ain't too sophisticated, but it does have its charm and is entertaining enough for what it is: an action-packed, B-movie experience.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012

Character development and storyline are treated as inconveniences to be tossed aside at the earliest opportunity.

Full Review… | September 18, 2012
Fan The Fire

Safe is an exceptional Jason Statham B-movie that managed to sneak through the cracks during its theatrical release.

Full Review… | September 17, 2012
We Got This Covered

Perhaps one of these days Statham will stop making the same movie over and over and try something new.

Full Review… | September 14, 2012

Editing is wonky, and the story leaves much to be desired, but Jason Statham genuinely shines in this rugged, violent action-thriller, with a body count that rivals classic John Woo.

Full Review… | September 11, 2012

Audience Reviews for Safe

Safe had the potential of being a truly impressive piece of action cinema, instead it's an underwhelming mediocre movie that is formulaic and just doesn't deliver anything memorable or truly exciting. Statham is one of modern actions biggest stars, and he is talented at making fun, thrilling picture but like every other actor, he does have a few films that are not that great. Safe is one of them, and it's a film that never realizes its potential. The film runs at a very short run time, and it pack far too much, therefore the story tries to do a lot, but it never delivers because the filmmakers don't have a steady pace going in the film. What makes this such a lacking effort is the fact that it doesn't try to put emphasis on good storytelling with effective action. The result is a tiresome effort that simply doesn't stand out. As a whole, the film does have kinetic action, but, it just doesn't hold up compared to other films in the genre. Statham has made better films than this, and if you're expecting something good here, you won't find it. Safe tries to be far too ambitious, yet falters because it packs far too many unrealized ideas into a short period. The film could have been great, but if the length of the time would have been longer, the plot could have steadily build up and with the trilling action, would have made it a terrific film. In the end, the film just doesn't satisfy and it is a mediocre action film that leaves a lot to be desired.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Safe is your typical Jason Statham movie but with steroids. If you have seen any of his newer films, then this movie will not surprise you. But like most of his films, Safe is a nice throwback to the heyday 80's action films. This film simply offers up a good time as we see Statham get involved with the Chinese and the Russians. The stunts are pretty good here as well as the cinematography since we see some cool shots of the action.

Boaz Yakin's film is about a former New York detective who protects a young Chinese girl from the fore-mentioned ethnic groups because she has something both sides want and they will go to war over this.

Jason Statham is Jason Statham in this film. He does nothing but kick butt and show people why he is not to be trifled with. He is getting better as an actor and is beginning to show some more emotional maturity.

Overall, this is a solid action film that while it delivers nothing new, it still delivers the goods. It has everything an action junkie could want from good choreography to corrupt policemen. Essentially, if you don't like Jason Statham you won't like this film. But, I believe this is a good action film. I rate this film 4 1/2 stars 3-04-14

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Boaz Yakin's Safe is anything but safe.Sporting a run time just under 90 minutes and a frantic pace to go with it, Safe runs red lights and spills the blood to keep the thrills at a high level. The first 5 minutes is a tough swallow, as it employs erratic scene transitions one after the other to reveal characters and locations. Fortunately, things calm down. Not calm as a vanishing hurricane, but more a hurricane being downgraded from a level 5 to a level 4. Spurts of nifty scene transitions and cinematography are still in the picture.The action is a plenty with a high body count. It is a much welcome sight to make up for the mediocre storytelling.Jason Statham is nothing new. He does what he does best and that is star in this type of movie. The rest of the cast is more or less forgettable.Safe fits right in as another action thriller starring Jason Statham. Nothing more, nothing less.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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