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5.0 out of 5 stars Kick ass violent movie with a heart
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...
Published on 6 May 2012 by Kali

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3.0 out of 5 stars safe as safe as houses...
MMMHH where to start about this film.
First of all a good story with bags of originality...
The Action was good but not brilliant...when a fight scene starts and a fight is on...the camera work decides to shake and twist etc..trying to be arty..i wish i could see a straight forward, straight on fight scene from time to time..
There was a lot of subtitles...
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4.0 out of 5 stars SAFE directed by Boaz Yakin, 22 Aug 2014
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A Chinese girl with the combination to a valuable safe owned by the Chinese Mob in her brain is rescued by an ex-cage fighter who must protect her from corrupt cops, the Russian Mob and the Chinese as they travel across New York.

Sure, it's a Stath film. So expect a lean running time (90 minutes), plenty of excellent fights and a fairly generic plot. This time he's an ex-cop cum whistle-blower AND an ex-cage fighter, with a murdered wife and suicidal thoughts to boot.

As if that wasn't enough, he ends up being chased by three different groups across New York in a variety of fights, chases and gun battles; which are all a little bit too generic to be memorable but which benefit from superb editing.

It's easy to mock the absurd death count or to mourn the lack of a decent climax (it riffs on "Face-Off" but the payoff doesn't work because there hasn't been a setup earlier) but it's still an exciting, entertaining B-movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Safe with the Stath, 20 Dec 2012
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Critics of Jason Statham say that he has essentially been making the same film for the past ten years. These are the type of people who have probably only bothered to watch the `Transporter' films. What about `The Bank Job', `Killer Elite' or `Blitz'? They all had bits of action, but they also had strong story and decent character. Statham's output is actually intelligently chosen, he is careful to stay within the action genre, but he works with interesting directors and writers to get a bit more out of it (please ignore `Expendables 2'). The latest action thriller to star The Stath is `Safe', for all intents and purposes a brainless action flick, but look closer and see how well it is done.

Jason Statham plays ex-cop turned rubbish MMA fighter Luke Wright. When his wife is killed by Russian gangsters he loses heart and ends up on the streets. In a chance encounter he stumbles across a fearful Chinese girl who needs help - can Luke redeem himself? The role of Luke Wright is classic Statham, he is a man who can fight and says as much with his fists as he does his words. However, the first act of `Safe' has Statham as a broken man, there is some acting involved! Once that is out of the way, the film has some of the best action fighting since the first `Transporter'. Director Boaz Yakim does an excellent job in creating seamless action that almost feels like classic Jackie Chan with the use of simple camera positioning.

Another element that is strong with `Safe' is the way that Yakim builds the wrath in the viewer. You want Luke to act as an avenging angel and he does not disappoint; no wimping out for the liberal agenda here! Essentially the film is a rehash of `Mercury Rising', but Yakim is able to shoot the film in a way that lifts it above the average action fodder. Statham is as charismatic as ever and is let loose to apply carnage. Fans of his will love the film, those who are indifferent will at least be watching a decent action flick and they are not too common anymore.

With its steady camera action sequences `Safe' actually benefits well from the HD format. The extras are also interesting and give you a look into how the director went about creating the film and the right feel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Safe!, 15 Oct 2012
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Jason Statham shedding tears? What is this, a propper human drama? No Fear, this is the usual action vehicle for The Stath, but slicker than Killer Elite and Transporter , Playing an ex-cop turned cage fighter Statham shoots, punches and drives through New york to escape the Triads, Rusian mafia and the entire NYPD (whilst protecting a schoolgirl with an impossibly long safe combination in her head) it's loud, silly but very enjoyable and exciting stuff and if you can pretend you have not seen it all before it's a winner.
See If You Like........
WAR.
Transporter Trilogy.
Blitz.
The Mechanic.
Killer Elite.
Out For Justice.
Nico.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brainless fun!, 4 Oct 2012
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Martin Greenhead "martinrg" (London) - See all my reviews
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Take out your brain, suspend all belief - Statham is back! Please don't think I mean that in a bad way, this was a thoroughly entertaining 90 minutes.

Storylinewise it is a bit far fetched but it does glue all the mayhem together. One minute Jason is a stumbling wreck, the next he is destroying gags of Russians and Triads. Absolutely bonkers! We lost count of the number of dead bodies after about 30 minutes, but it is done in a pretty comical way so it isn't too gruesome. Fantastic acting from our man, loved it.

If you enjoyed the Transporter films then you will absolutely love this.

Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good action film, 24 Sep 2012
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E. Jorgensen (Tonsberg, NORWAY) - See all my reviews
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"Safe" is a good action movie, no more, no less. Take it for what it is. Jason Statham delivers the stuff, no doubt about about that. If you're looking for 90 minutes of sensless action, then this should be your cup of tea.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Be nice to your garbage man, 19 Sep 2012
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Jules (England) - See all my reviews
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Jason Statham (Expendables) stars as the mysterious Luke Wright, a man with a dark past & on the edge of suicide. But a chance meeting with a young Chinese girl, Mei (Catherine Chan) gives him something to fight for. She is a maths genius & combination mule for the Chinese triads, who have her as their personal accountant for their New York business dealings, but she also carrys a code to something much, much bigger. As she becomes bounced between the Chinese triads, Russian mafia & corrupt NYPD, it's upto to Luke Wright to keep her safe & redeem himself for his past life.

I'm always wary of going into one of Mr Statham's films, as they are either average, albeit watchable fare, or something above average and really quite good. In my opinion, Safe falls into the latter category this time around. The story at the begining is quite fast moving for setting the films premise, with loads of subtitles, as we are thrown from present day time, back a few months to a few years, you really need to keep track of it to understand what the film is going to be all about. After that initial 20 minutes or so, the film arrives back to present day New York, as we follow Mr Wright's & Miss Mei's paths, as they overplap.

The story is quite formulaic albeit interesting enough with double dealings & double crosses, but, with a Statham film you know what your coming for, the action. And in that respect the film is a winner. After the initial introduction & setting of the scenario, the action is fast paced & jumping from car chases, subway train rooftops, gambling den's to swanky hotels. With a combination of guns, fist fights & some novel use's of the enviroment that Jackie Chan would be proud of. The body count is hard to keep up with, but that's ok, as it's the bad guys who are getting a merciless drubbing. So it's somewhat of a let down that the finale is bit of a damp squib.

The acting is pretty good overall, Statham talking through his action & young newcomer Catherine Chan impressing, while some well known & not so well known faces in the mix. Robert John Burke (Robocop 3) & Chris Sarandon (Fright Night) lead the corrupt officials, Sándor Técsy & Joseph Sikora as the Russian head men , while the undoubted standouts of James Hong (Big Trouble In Little China)& Reggie Lee (Grimm) were the cream of the baddie crop as the Chinese triads.

In conclusion, the story is decent albeit it tails off quite a bit towards the end. But the action is great & some of the camera work is used to good effect in places. Entertaining stuff, but dont expect anything more. Reccomened.
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5.0 out of 5 stars its a safe bet, 8 Sep 2012
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T. A. J. Leahy "tommygun" (croydon.surrey) - See all my reviews
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safe is one of stathams best films yet.its got everything shoot ups/violence/fights/action everything you need for a great action thriller.the film itself is a bit confusing at the start with its flashbacks but you soon get the plot after that.it then goes along at a cracking pace.legendary james hong is brilliant and there is a cameo from chris sarandon as well.but you have to give credit to the girl catherine chen who i thought was awesome.the friendship between her and statham is touching.writer and director boaz yakin does a great job.overall action all the way not be missed.great fun
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 July 2014
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