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
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."
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.
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.
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 centre...by 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.
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.
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.