The occasional efficient action sequence means that 'Safe' never gets truly dull, but even Statham aficionados might feel short- changed by this one.
The thoroughly mediocre Safe provides little more than an excuse for Statham to do what Statham does better than anyone else: look stern while punishing bad guys. That's just not enough.
It's like another "Transporter'' installment trying to be something slightly more - and not quite delivering the goods.
Despite some impressively gritty street-level action, Safe plays it far too safe.
Yeah, "Safe" is a long way from perfect. But rented, in a few months, it'll go great with a six-pack and a hold-the-anchovies special.
It's hard to swallow Statham, who spent the Crank movies supercharging his last minutes of life, as a suicidal sad-sack, just as it's painful to see him yoked to a cute little girl in an obvious attempt to soften his image.
The plot first strains and then assassinates credulity, while Yakin's handling of the action/mayhem runs the gamut from the merely dull to what-the-hell's-going-on.
This whip-smart, brutally funny and gleefully nasty film is one of the year's best surprises.
Farran Smith Nehme
There are zero surprises, but it looks good, moves well through a trim running time and wields its clich�s with defiant aplomb.