Excerpt: Cage fighter Luke Wright (Jason Statham) is a man down on his luck, having gotten on the wrong side of the Russian mob when he didn't throw a fight they bet on. After they kill his wife, he ends up homeless, but an encounter with a young Chinese girl named Mei (Catherine Chan), who is on the run both from the Russian and Chinese mob, puts Luke back into the thick of it as he finds a target on his back from them and the police.
Summary: “Safe” is a mindless flick, riddled with plot holes and often exemplifying heightened violence in order to entertain us. In the process, the script forgets to develop any substance from a good theme that had some potential early on.
Conclusion: I wanted 'Safe' to be one of those big dumb action movies worth owning – but it's not. It's just dumb. Think back to the forgettable, run-of-the-mill action movies from the '90s; 'Safe' is nothing more than a modern day equivalent of those. I do not exaggerate when I say that there's not a single memorable aspect of 'Safe.' The story features a dichotomy that has been done many times before, each of those instances much stranger than what we get here.
Excerpt: Jason Statham is Luke Wright in Safe , an MMA rumbler and former cop who dealt with the underbelly of the New York’s crime syndicates. He’s known as a “garbage man,” taking out the trash in the sense of a grand ’80s action movie punchline. Safe opens by jumping through its exposition, pushing itself one month and then one year backwards before bringing itself into the present.
Excerpt: Jason Statham is a machine. I don't really mean his well-muscled physique (which just about every filmmaker exploits with at least one shot of his open-shirted glory), but instead the fact that he's ridiculously consistent throughout his career. Though always capable of adopting different characters (no one would mistake his turn in Snatch with his characters in Crank or The Expendables ), he always brings a masculine but not macho sensibility, a willingness to do...
Conclusion: Safe surprised me, turning out to be a decent action flick. Overall the twists aren’t that surprising and you may guess where the film is headed, but I don’t think it lessens the enjoyment. I can see how many critics would pick this one apart, but I would argue their thinking too hard. With a film like Safe , you pop some popcorn, watch the bullets fly and give your brain a rest for the evening. So what if it’s like the other good Jason Statham movies.
Summary: Jason Statham is a great action star, bar none. Transporter, Italian Job and his Expendable roles are all worth watching again and again. However, Safe is really just safe. It does not really break any barriers and unfortunately feels like a couple of movies thrown together rather than one harmonious picture. There are so great characters (Chang and Wolf mostly) but more than often than not just seems kinda bland.
Excerpt: In Safe , Jason Statham and the bad guys he's after give New Yorkers easily the worst day they've had in a decade. Starting on the subway and moving on to a hotel and a series of restaurants, Statham and gangs of both Russian and Chinese gangsters-- not to mention the cops who are both in cahoots and on their tail-- attack and shoot each other, along with the various passers-by who happen to get in front of their guns.
Excerpt: “You’re a crazy man, but not so stupid,” says the kidnapped Chinese savant (Catherine Chen) tucked under Jason Statham’s meaty wing in Boaz Yakin’s Safe . She’s a numbers whiz with an eidetic memory to boot, reliable enough for a Triad boss to use her as a human Excel spreadsheet, but her character-assessment skills are no less impressive.