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Super Reviewer
April 25, 2012
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.
Super Reviewer
½ May 14, 2014
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
Super Reviewer
½ December 19, 2012
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.
Super Reviewer
September 5, 2011
"It's getting hard to decipher which action film is which when it comes to Jason Stathman. I mean, the man does well in these films and he's always entertaining. It's just he does so many of them. I guess if it ain't broke don't fix it is his philosophy of action films.

The movie is entertaining and has a decent plot. There is SO much killing. I'm getting use to it though with his movies. I wish I could say Jason brings something new to the movie, but he doesn't. Same stuff different story. Still though, I enjoyed it. Worth watching at least once."
Super Reviewer
November 14, 2011
Taking a page from Mercury Rising, what we have here is the story of a tough guy with a troubled past who finds himself protecting a special kid with special skills wanted by dangerous criminals with bad intentions.

The specifics are as follows: Jason Statham is Luke, a former elite cop turned second rate MMA cage fighter who happens to stumble upon Mei (newcomer Catherine Chan)- a young Chinese girl with an impeccable memory who has a series of numbers in her mind that's connected to shady deals between corrupt cops, the Triads, and Russian mobsters. Deals go bad, she goes on the run, and, having to be in the right place at the right time, gets saved by Luke who then spend s the rest of the movie trying to figure out the info the girl has, while protecting her, and trying to find some personal redemption.

Yeah, for a film that you would think is a straight-forward action thriller, there's a lot of plot here, tons of twists, and turns, and probably way too much going on. Thankfully it's not the most convoluted and impenetrable mess in the world, but maybe it didn't have to be quite as heavily plotted. Well, I guess it do show a sense of ambition and effort, so that's nice.

Statham delivers what he usually does, and that's fine. He's maybe a tad better here than with the second Crank movie, but not as good as he was in something like The Bank Job. He is pretty believable and likeable though, no surprise. Chan fares better than most child newcomers, though I can't really say if she'll have much of a career after this or not. Aside from all this, everyone else just comes off as routine, but that's fine. It is kinda nice seeing James Hong again, though.

BEsides lots of plot, there's also tons of action, and the film usually flips back and forth between the two often, but throughout there's also some character moments, but nothing outstanding. The fights and stunts are great though, and they do match with the rest of the film nicely.

Overall, this is a pretty enjoyable movie, and it's better than it has to be. It's not really that special, and I think the structure and plotting could have been re-worked, but at least it wasn't a total cookie cutter affair. This is one of those films where, despite the rating, I'm giving it a pass, because hey, it's fun, and actually rather competent.
Super Reviewer
½ June 24, 2011
A pure adrenaline-charged action-packed thriller. A sensational and rip-roaring roller-coaster of excitement and mayhem that`s hard-boiled and hard-edged. A whip-smart, stylish, sharp and brutally intense film that is for sure one of the years best surprises. A non-stop, pulse-pounding, hold on to your seat thrill-ride that never lets up. A dazzling, heart-pounding and wickedly well-crafted action film. A great movie with a great story filled with explosive action, powerful drama and great surprises. Director, Boaz Yakin`s directional debut is slick, crafty and packed with energy that makes this movie worth while all the way to the end. Jason Statham gives a knockout performance, he packs lots of power, energy and surprising heart. Statham is truly at his best and you cant help but love him in this. Loaded with barrel's blazing gun battles and thrilling fight sequences to keep action junkies satisfied. An awesome instant classic. Rivals with films like The Professional and Man On Fire.
Super Reviewer
July 8, 2011
Another fun action film with the awesome Jason Statham....It is well executed, and Statham is solid in it as always. They don't litter this film with too much complex plot, or even too much dialogue. It is a pretty straight forward action film that fans of Statham, and action genre films, will pretty much enjoy. Me included...
Super Reviewer
½ October 9, 2012
"She has the code. He is the key."

Mei, a young girl whose memory holds a priceless numerical code, finds herself pursued by the Triads, the Russian mob, and corrupt NYC cops. Coming to her aid is an ex-cage fighter whose life was destroyed by the gangsters on Mei's trail.

Mei (Catherine Chan), a genius level Chinese 11 year old, is brought to the USA to use her mathematical gifts to enhance the crooked businesses of "Uncle" Han, who subsequently tasks her with remembering a long number: a coded safe combination. Luke Wright (Jason Statham) is a cage fighter following leaving an elite NYPD special ops unit after betraying corrupt colleagues. When he wins a fight against expectations, the Russian mafia murder his wife in retaliation for their losses, and turn him into a wandering itinerant. And then he encounters Mei, running away while pursued by Uncle Han's men, the Russian mafia, and the corrupt police. Jason Statham is not one for betraying your expectations, and he does not do so here. The story is satisfactory, there is a mountain of violence (none of it desperately graphic), and a lot of action, a couple of decent lines, Statham's bad US accent, stubble, undeniable screen presence, and occasional flashes of his somewhat disconcerting smile, and a decent, if necessarily one note performance from Miss Chan. I enjoyed this rather more than Statham's last couple of movies.
Super Reviewer
October 7, 2012
I love Jason Statham action movies. He's like today's version of what Sylvester Stallone or Bruce Willis was doing in the 80's/90's. "Safe" sits perfect next to other greats like the "Transporter" and "Crank" series. He plays a circuit MMA fighter with bad luck who blows a rigged fight and gets in trouble with the Russian Mob. Thinking of killing himself he sees a small Asian girl who is being chased onto a subway. He then decides to try to save her. Turns out she is a girl used by the Chinese mafia because she is a child prodigy with numbers, and she is their human computer. As they run from the mob, there are numerous twists and turns, and tons of fantastic action. Statham is a perfect action movie, as they aren't usually just dumb movies. This has a very good story, and good performances. Need a shot of adrenaline? Then watch this, because it will get ya going.
Super Reviewer
July 31, 2011
A bit above the normal standard for Statham's last few action films, which are all a bit the same. This has a good high tempo of action and filmed in away you feel right in the midst of the action. Overall better than expected.
Super Reviewer
½ September 9, 2012 about double cross, intrigue and back stabbing, this film has it all and you never know who the hell's gonna get it next.

Statham is back, well he never left but he's back on his own killing everybody in his path whilst being rather nifty with a gun. Like Seagal, Statham is pretty much always cast as either a cop, elite cop, military special forces, ex-cop or ex-military special forces, the same role every time.

Now this isn't a huge issue but the attraction is definitely wearing a tad thin these days, much like it did with Seagal along time ago. In this rather unimaginatively titled film Jason is an ex-cop trying to protect a little Chinese girl from pretty much everyone whilst also trying to get hold of a disc with lots of dodgy info on. The little Chinese girl is the only one who knows the combination to the safe which stores the disc.

So cue tonnes of gun battles, fist fights, car chases and expecting to see Jason being somewhat invincible. Gotta admit the action is very good is this, nothing original of course but it looks top dollar with some excellent stunts and gritty gun fights. Body count is through the roof as Chinese, Russian mafia and NY police get blown away left right n Mr Statham. The good thing about the film is virtually everyone is double crossing everyone else including their own men, you never know who's gonna call who in this vicious circle.

Highly unoriginal but actually not too predictable although after the first few double crosses you know not to trust anyone, but everyone does look like a suspicious suit. A much better action flick than previous straight to DVD Statham efforts, good production values and very slick. Definitely the highest body count I've seen for some time but Mr Statham needs to expand his range now methinks.
Super Reviewer
November 9, 2011
She has the code. He is the key.

Good action movie! 'Safe' is your typical Jason Statham action flick. I think it's fair to say, we don't watch Jason Statham movies expecting Oscar nominations; we watch his movies mainly because the action is phenomenal. If you want to watch a good, action packed movie, then 'Safe' is a safe bet this weekend.

A former elite agent (Statham) takes on a two-tier mission: rescue a Chinese girl who has been abducted by the Triads, then use a highly desired safe combination to outwit the Russian Mafia, corrupt NYC officials, and the Triads themselves.
Super Reviewer
August 26, 2012
Decent enough, starts better than it ends with some good action set pieces. But, in the end is let down by just not being very interesting. Also, the little girl is scarier than the thing out of "The Ring".
Super Reviewer
May 12, 2012
The newest film from the hit-and-miss guru Statham is somewhere in the middle. Not terrible but not quite great either. Full review later.
Super Reviewer
April 28, 2012
Safe is a movie where nothing is safe, including logic and reason, but it sure is fun. This is a lively film that seeks to entertain and that's about it. Jason Statham is an effective tough guy and he's quick with the clever wisecrack. He's the obvious heir apparent to Arnold as king of the witty one liner. "Don't lose sleep. He had it coming," he tells a trainload of subway passengers after shooting a guy dead at point blank range. I must admit I also enjoyed seeing veteran actor James Hong as the head of the Chinese mafia. You may not recognize the name, but you definitely have seen him in something. He's done a bazillion movies but probably best known for playing Lo Pan, the ancient sorcerer in Big Trouble in Little China. The fight scenes in Safe are kind of de rigueur for this sort of thing. They never really rise above the graphics of a good video game, but Jason Statham has plenty of charisma to keep things gripping. There's enough creative twists and turns to elevate Jason Statham's latest opus into a worthwhile diversion.
Super Reviewer
April 26, 2012
With a thinly written script and acting that is not too special, you can only hope for the awesome action to carry the movie, and in the end, it does, but it is definitely not enough to make it a great film. Jason Statham is likeable, as he always is, but he makes everyone else look like they are acting on a television drama series. "Safe" carries two stories that eventually meet, in order for Luke (Jason Statham) to protect the girl, who is the key to a safe, that holds over 30 million dollars. It is a basic premise with a few clever ideas thrown in. The action is top notch and the quick cuts make this film a blast to watch. "Safe" is definitely not anything groundbreaking, but I had a lot of fun!
Super Reviewer
April 19, 2012
Surprisingly, Safe was nowhere as awful I expected to be. It has a very B movie-esque flair to it, and the action is very hard-hitting and violent. Jason Statham does his "Transporter" job very well, but the supporting cast has some very bad actors portraying certain roles. Overall, its nothing to rush out and see, but its a very solid rental to watch with your action junkie friends (if you have any). To quote Bret Michaels "I want action tonight, satisfaction all right!"
Super Reviewer
January 19, 2014
After failing to take a dive in a fighting match which costs Russian mobsters about a million dollars, they kill Luke Wright's(Jason Statham) wife while leaving him alive, telling him they will kill anybody who gets even remotely close to him again which includes a man he gives his shoes to at a homeless shelter. After that, he feels he has no choice but to give up, intending to throw himself in front of a train at the Dekalb Avenue Station. But then he notices Mei(Catherine Chan) in jeopardy. At the age of 11, she was brought to the United States by Han(James Hong) for her prodigious memory in keeping track of his illegal enterprises without leaving a paper trail. The last number she memorized has not only the Chinese mobsters after her, but also Russians, corrupt cops and probably PETA, too.

Even while it takes "Safe" a while to get going to introduce most of its dramatis personae(and it still leaves one important character out until very late in the game) and therefore about thirty minutes before Jason Statham gets to hit somebody, it wastes little time and moves swiftly in cutting between the various storylines with a little nasty ingenuity added in. And once the plot does kick in, the movie still moves nicely throughout, with a fine sense of New York City geography. But while it is certainly polite for all the bad guys to know each other beforehand, it is also more than a little convenient.(For the conspiratorially minded, one could argue that Robert John Burke is playing the same corrupt cop here that he also plays on "Person of Interest.") And just as much, the movie never quite settles firmly on who exactly Luke is supposed to be.
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