Safe

Safe

Safe

Jason Statham stars in this crime-thriller about a washed-up cage fighter tangled in a lockout between the Russian Mafia, the Triads and the NYPD after saving an ophaned girl whose memory holds a priceless numerical code.

After Luke (Statham) screws up a rigged fight, the Russian Mafia want to make an example of him and murder his entire family. Haunted by guilt, he wanders New York destitute. But when he witnesses a 12-year-old girl, Mei, being pursued by the same gangsters, Luke jumps to action and straight into the heart of a deadly high-stakes war. Mei, he discovers, is an orphaned math prodigy forced to work for the Triads as a "counter." She holds in her memory a priceless numerical code that warring factions will kill for.

2012Rating: R16, contains violence & offensive language94 minsUSA
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Flicks, Aaron Yap

Unfortunately Yakin never builds on the Luke/Mei chemistry, separating them for a good deal of the film, thus diminishing our emotional engagement. The frantic energy also dissipates in the final third when the plot (initially a serviceable MacGuffin) thickens into a pretty boring and convoluted ‘revelation’ involving New York City’s powers that be. Still – great to see James Hong alive and kicking.

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Variety

Variety

What starts out crisp and promising gives way to a conventional shoot-'em-up.

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Total Film

Total Film

With Yakin's all-action plot operating like clockwork, an on-song Statham proves anything but expendable in a genre he dominates. Predictable, sure, but equally pleasurable.

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Time Out

Time Out

You can’t help feeling that an initially adventurous movie has had its rough edges sanded away.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

If only someone would offer this actor a project worthy of the full range of his talent.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Though Safe initially seems a little darker and more thoughtful than the British star's previous comic-book escapades in 'Death Race,' 'The Expendables' or the 'Transporter' trilogy, it ultimately reverts to testosterone-heavy formula.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

Safe has more action than intrigue (or logic), and it's boilerplate vicious. It may satisfy Statham's fans, but they - like he - would do well to enlarge their expectations.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A rough, exhausting, exhilarating action picture with a payoff which would have delighted Sam Fuller or Howard Hawks. The Stath — an actual Olympian, remember — is on top form.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

The character-building is proffered in bad faith, like every scene in Safe that doesn't involve bloodshed. Statham can sell a punch, but not his own vulnerability.

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