Safe (2012)

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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.

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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.

But when he witnesses a frightened twelve-year-old Chinese girl, Mei, being pursued by the same gangsters who killed his wife, Luke impulsively jumps to action...and straight into the heart of a deadly high-stakes war. -- (C) Lionsgate
Rating:
R (for strong violence throughout, and for language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Cast

Jason Statham
as Luke Wright
Robert John Burke
as Captain Wolf
James Hong
as Han Jiao
Chris Sarandon
as Mayor Tremello
Anson Mount
as Alex Rosen
Sandor Tecsy
as Emile Docheski
Joseph Sikora
as Vassily Docheski
Igor Jijikine
as Chemyakin
Reggie Lee
as Quan Chang
James Colby
as Detective Mears
Matt O'Toole
as Detective Lasky
Jack Gwaltney
as Detective Reddick
Barry D. Bradford
as Detective Benoit
Jay Giannone
as Detective Kolfax
James Tolbert III
as Crazy Guy
Danni Lang
as Ling
Julian Marzal
as Lieutenant Teague
Scott Nicholson
as Sergeant Mackelvane
Lyman Chen
as Principal
Howie Brown
as Mayor's Aide
Danny Hoch
as Julius Barkow
Suzanne Savoy
as Furious Woman
Daniel McCabe
as Young Homeless Man
John Wooten
as Shelter Security 1
Brian Anthony Wilson
as Shelter Security 2
Victor Pagan
as Wild-Eyed Man
Henry Kwan
as Korean Grocer
Marvina Vinique
as Salesgirl
Jennifer Skyler
as Hotel Receptionist
Kate Rogal
as Hooker
Tony Cheng
as Disco Triad
Dmitriy Kojevnikov
as Mamoschka's Chef
Oksana Lada
as Mamoschka's Hostess
Al Kao
as Asian Patrolman
John Cenatiempo
as Russian Gangster
Danny Shea
as Police Tech
George Gerard
as Middle Age Man
Matt Dellapina
as Uniformed Cop
Stephen Oyoung
as Triad Laptop Soldier
Tim Carr
as Young Aide
Daoud Heidami
as Taxi Driver
Ben Sinclair
as Angry Man
Oleg Ivanov
as Russiban Mobster
Zun Lin
as Triad With Duffel
Alexander W. Kogan, Jr.
as Russian Singer
Laurence Covington
as Irate Homeless Man
George G. Colucci
as Middle Age Man
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Critic Reviews for Safe

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (28)

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Full Review… | January 21, 2013
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

The occasional efficient action sequence means that 'Safe' never gets truly dull, but even Statham aficionados might feel short- changed by this one.

Full Review… | May 1, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

The thoroughly mediocre Safe provides little more than an excuse for Statham to do what Statham does better than anyone else: look stern while punishing bad guys. That's just not enough.

Full Review… | April 30, 2012
The Atlantic
Top Critic

It's like another "Transporter'' installment trying to be something slightly more - and not quite delivering the goods.

Full Review… | April 28, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Despite some impressively gritty street-level action, Safe plays it far too safe.

Full Review… | April 27, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Yeah, "Safe" is a long way from perfect. But rented, in a few months, it'll go great with a six-pack and a hold-the-anchovies special.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

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
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

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
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

½

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
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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