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When a second-rate cage fighter, Luke Wright, is tormented by the Russian Mafia and wanders the streets of New York, he witnesses a young Chinese girl Mei, being pursued by the same mafia who want her for a priceless numerical code that they would kill for.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 106
- Fresh: 60
- Rotten: 46
- Average Rating: 5.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Despite some impressively gritty street-level action, Safe plays it far too safe.
Rotten: It's like another "Transporter'' installment trying to be something slightly more - and not quite delivering the goods.
Fresh: This whip-smart, brutally funny and gleefully nasty film is one of the year's best surprises.
Fresh: There are zero surprises, but it looks good, moves well through a trim running time and wields its cliches with defiant aplomb.
A SURPRISINGLY GOOD STATHAM FLICK!
I initially decided to watch "Safe" with mixed expectations, seeing as how the majority of Jason Statham's films are predictable shoot-em-up action-fests. But lo and behold, the movie really surprised me at just how good it was. Sure, there were a few clichés here and there, but for the most part, I ended up having a great time with it. The film is about a second-rate cage fighter named Luke Wright who is tormented by the Russian Mafia and is left to wander the streets of New York. That is, until he comes across Mei, a young Chinese girl being pursued by the same gangsters who want her for an extremely valuable numerical code that they would kill for. From then on, Luke goes to great lengths to protect Mei, no matter the cost. It may not sound like the most exciting or original story, but once it picks up speed, that's when the flick gets really interesting. The action scenes are fast-paced and full of blood-pumping adrenaline, and Statham's dialogue is so absurd and overly serious that it just comes natural to him. Though he actually isn't a bad actor at all in this movie. In fact, his likable chemistry with Catherine Chan (the young actress who plays Mei) is what boosts the credibility of the film by a mile. But in the end, "Safe" is hardly about the performances. It's about the awesomely violent sequences of mayhem and carnage that lurk around every corner. And boy, does it deliver on that count. The gun battles are just brutal and raw enough to keep even the most ardent action junkies satisfied. All in all, I'd say "Safe" is one of the most pleasant cinematic surprises of the year so far. It's a fun, exhilarating thriller with a smart script, great characters, and a wicked amount of over-the-top energy. If you get the chance, it's well worth renting at least once.
I'm not a movie critic… but
There are plenty of summing content reviews and a full synopses to give you an idea of this movie's premise so I won't waste my 6000 characters doing so. What I will say about this film praises it for being a basic movie, full of refreshing elements, that turns interesting with a single car crash. From that moment on (21:28), the movie is filled with cat and mouse chases and fights full of original and very believable scenes. Time and time again I thought to myself that the director was both original and creative in allowing a scene to be thought out and cool without trying to be all artsy or overly portentous in the detail; and yet, there wasn't a detail missed. The characters have elements of all the stereotypes but none of them are trying to be people that are any more special then exactly who their character names represent. Within those character definitions, the actors did a great job. Not one fight is too long, or too short, and each is unique and mostly real. The general theme and pattern of the movie is predictable from the description, but I was guessing about the methods the characters would use up until the very end. Sometimes, the characters even do what we all wish characters in other movies would actually do, but which directors inhibit in the name of suspense or pathos. This is a down to earth action movie in which the director and the actors very likely had a great time filming it. The stunts aren't unbelievable. You won't feel preached at or berated by a hidden 'lesson'. It's a movie in the middle of the hollywood spectrum and you will very likely end the movie smiling like Goldilocks, who found the porridge, chairs, beds, etc: not too hard, soft, cold or hot, but just right. I enjoyed it and I hope you do too.
This was one of the more interesting Statham films!While There Is action packed fighting and shootouts(You know What You Expect from a Statham film)you also get levels of emotion.This won't win any oscars but it's worth it's money as an action film.Check out Safe no combination needed.
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2012
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