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Kick ass violent movie with a heart
on 6 May 2012
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.
So we are taken on a breath taking roller cost of a ride in the art of brutal knuckle fighting, slick karate moves and outrageous shooting scenes, (surprisingly not too gratuitous) as Luke makes good on his mission. The only real fly in Luke's ointment is the deadly Alex, a smoldering Anton Mount at his best.
With solid performances by all the cast, "Safe" is far from being a feel good movie. It's bloody, it's violent, it's vicious but it does have it's own unique feel good factor in that you know that what Luke is doing is not for blood or money but for the redemption of his own life and that of his dead wife and unborn child.
Worth going to the cinema to see for the fight scenes alone and if that is not your forte, then go because Jason Stratham is hot totty in EVERY sense of the word!