A waste of 90 minutes of my life
If you like to be scared, if you like to laugh, and if you like to learn a thing or two at the movies, this absolutely cannot be missed.
Actress is magnificent and exudes a hypnotic screen presence in this affecting drama.
Mei, a young girl whose memory holds a priceless numerical code, finds herself pursued by the Triads, the Russian mob, and corrupt NYC cops. Coming to her aid is an ex-cage fighter whose life was destroyed by the gangsters on Mei's trail. Safe has Jason Statham once again at his best doing what he knows best beating people up, we're talking about a film with lots of car chase sequences, action sequences and fight sequences that are amazing. Robert John Burke who was great in Speak and even as Robocop in Robocop 3 (Sorry not Sorry) also did a great job as a dirty cop. Overall lots of insane stuff in a kind of Bodyguard action movie that isn't as bad as critics made it sound like. (A+)
Safe (2012): Dir: Boaz Yakin / Cast: Jason Statham, Catherine Chan, Robert John Burke, James Hong, Chris Sarandon: Title references the physical structure where money is kept, as well as Jason Statham's state of physical disposition. He was involved in some bad business that ticked off the local police. His wife is murdered off screen and the sad thing is that some dialogue indicates that she was ugly. Had she been an on screen hottie we would be manipulated into feeling bad, but since she is supposedly ugly the scene where Statham submits himself lacks any care. Eventually Statham is out on the street and anyone he connects with is murdered. When he witnesses a distressed Asian girl at the subway, he saves her from abduction and spends the remainder of the film protecting her and kicking the living crap out of a bunch of thugs. Boaz Yakin previously made Remember the Titans and Uptown Girls so he can transcend any genre. Unfortunately his screenplays lack originality and this film is no different. Statham has an appealing presence that spurns a sense of humour. He survives this standard action fare but Catherine Chan as the girl sought after because of a code she has memorized, has all the personality of bathroom tiles. She displays no emotion and her dialogue is flat. We have wasted appearance by veteran actors such as Chris Sarandon and Robert John Burke who have both seen better days. There is no point to this nonsense other than to showcase Statham kicking ass. That is just as well because viewers will likely be kicking themselves for allowing themselves for putting down money for this crap. Score: 3 ½ / 10
Jason statham's film "safe" is not great as his "Transporter series" but still a good movie when I was watching it in the first half I felt bit bored but in the second half the movie picked up and the action started which I was accepting from it so I liked it.I also liked that the movie was quite a fast paced and the time was not wasted in kissing and intimate scenes the movie started and ended only on its work it doesn't wasted the time of the viewers.Jason as usual one of the great action stars in Hollywood and the supporting actors were also good at their places or roles.When I heard that the film is directed by Boaz Yakin (TRANSPORTER) I had a great expectations from this film it had completed all those decently so this movie is a decent attempt.
Now I do like Jason Statham and I do believe he can do good films such as Snatch and the Expendables, however, this is not one of them in my opinion. The story sees Luke an ex cop cage fighter lose everything and have nothing to live for until he meets a young Chinese and is given a new mission in life. Now as I said I do like Statham and he is okay in this film especially in the action scenes, but sometimes he seems a bit lazy in his role and occasionally like he is phoning it in. The girl he teams up with does a good job in the role even though her character is a complete stereotype, but she has good good chemistry with Statham. But the rest of the supporting cast are paper thin and cliché with none of the Russian, Chinese or corrupt cops providing good characters. The story is bad with just way too many unnecessary plot twists that you will not care about. Also there are just too many villains in this film that none of them are interesting at all which takes away from the conflict. The script is also not very good with the dialogue seeming comic book like from the villains and the delivery from Statham isn't what it usually is. The style is easily the best part of the film with the action scenes being great and all the action being top notch, plus the sound design is great which makes every gunshot and blow feel harder then it is. Overall I have no interest in seeing this film again which is a disappointment.