Safe 2011

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(182) IMDb 6.5/10

When ex-Government agent Luke Wright exposes the Russian mafia for rigging an illegal fight, they seek revenge on his family and threaten to kill anyone close to him. Destitute and living alone on the streets of New York, Luke has given up hope....until a chance meeting with a young girl changes everything. Mei, a 10 year old mathematical prodigy, is abducted by Triad gangsters wanting to u...

Starring:
Jason Statham,Chris Sarandon
Runtime:
1 hour, 30 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure, Crime
Director Boaz Yakin
Starring Jason Statham, Chris Sarandon
Supporting actors James Hong, Catherine Chan, Robert John Burke, Anson Mount, Reggie Lee, Victor Pagan, Danny Hoch
Studio Momentum Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Kali on 6 May 2012
Format: DVD
Okay, I'm a Jason Stratham fan, who can forget him in the Transporter series where he kicked butt big time and gave us a plethora of thrills and spills along the way.

So of course I was going to see Safe at the cinema and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The plot is simple enough. Mei, a young girl has a prodigious memory for all things numerical and because of this she has been taken from her home in China and made to work for the deadly Mr Han played by the understated James Hong.

At first all Mei has to do is keep track of all of the finances of Mr Han's many criminal activities in America. Mr Han does not believe in leaving a paper trail so a human computer is the next best thing. But now Mei has been given a numerical code that is more deadly than the work she has been forced to do so far in order to keep her sick mother alive in China.

But Mei played by an excellent Catherine Chan (she has it in her to make it big I think!) finds herself pursued by the Triads, the Russian mob who have no qualms about killing innocent people to get what they want, and of course the corrupt NYC cops who will do anything to get the number that she holds in her head.

Her only ally is an ex cop-come-cage fighter whose life was destroyed by the Russian gangsters on Mei's trail. Luke Wright, Jason Stratham at his rugged and violent best is a haunted man. His wife was murdered by the Russian mafia and he has had to live off the grid, never daring to make friends with anyone for that would mean their certain death.

It is Mei who inadvertently saves Luke and he makes it his mission to save her no matter what the cost.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Sept. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Safe is the story of Mei (Catherine Chan) - a Chinese girl with an eidetic memory for numbers; sifted from school, she is spirited away by the Chinese mafia who want to use her as their account ledger without leaving an electronic trail. At the same time; Luke (Jason Statham - The Mechanic) is persecuted by the Russian Mafia for refusing to take bribes. When the Russian's persecution causes Luke to contemplate suicide, a chance encounter with Mei changes his mind and he feels he owes a debt of gratitude to her. Caught in the middle of the shady dealings between the Russians, the Chinese and the dirty Cops of New York city, can he possibly extricate Mei from her situation?

Whilst Statham's facial expression may not deviate much from the standard grimace/snarl he employs in a near permanent basis, I was pleasantly surprised at just how well he fit the role of this slightly-cliché, washed-up/ex-cop/cage-fighter and managed to inspire some empathy for his character. What's more obvious is the growth of his martial-art skills; the fight-scenes in Safe are truly fantastic. Clear direction and good cinematography by director Boaz Yakin allow you to follow them easily (steering clear of the choppy & blurry freneticism action movies are so very fond of) - there is also a lot of gun-play, which again is a lot clearer than usual in respect to who is firing at who.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Sept. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Being a self-confessed fan of Jason Statham (yes, I am seeking professional help for this affliction) I was looking forward to Safe - a film where the cheeky half cockney/half New Yorker takes a young girl under his muscular wing in order to protect her from not just the Triads, but Russian mobsters and even a branch of dirty cops.

Obviously we know that `the Stath' will win though, kicking many heads along the way, but it's the journey we're interested in.

Many people will have seen him do something similar in the Transporter (1 through however many have been made since I wrote this). And he did it well for that franchise, i.e. despatching armies of incompetent bad guys without a bead of sweat trickling off his shiny dome. However, here, in Safe, it all gets a little too serious.

Statham's previous efforts seem to have a degree of `knowingness' about them, as if they're just a little tongue-in-cheek (think Roger Moore's James Bond stint, but with less hair of course). In Safe, the bad guys are indeed ten-a-penny and pretty generic. In fact, there's barely one that you'll remember - just see them as Russian Hood #12 and Dirty Cop #4 and that's about as much character development as you're going to get there.

Other people have drawn comparisons with the Bruce Willis film Mercury Rising, where he has to protect a youngster from all sorts of gangs. I haven't seen that one, so I can't comment.

Overall, Safe isn't bad. There are shootouts. There are fist-fights and even a car chase or two. However, it all just seems a little run-of-the-mill. With the Transporter franchise you had flashy sets and over-the-top action. Here, you have the grimy backdrop of New York at night and a feeling you've seen most of this before.
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