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: MA15+, Strong violence94 minsUSA
ActionThriller
73%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

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

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

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.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

4.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

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.

0

Double entendre if ever there was. Well, not that I liked it that much (great pop-corn action) but I got exactly what I thought I was going to get, a splash of 'Death Race' with 'Crank', 'Mechanic' and 'Transporter2'. With the lines Jason delivers, he does it better with his shirt off (right ladies), otherwise shame Ryan Gosling couldnt manage this role...

4.0
0

If you like the rapidly expanding action-flick subgenre that is the Jason Statham movie, then you're safe with, er, 'Safe.' Writer / Director Boaz Yakin is less of a safe bet. His writing credits include such overblown yawnfests as 'Prince of Persia,' and 'Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights,' and his directing credits include 'Fresh' and 'Remember the Titans' -...

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

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.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

4.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

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.

0

Double entendre if ever there was. Well, not that I liked it that much (great pop-corn action) but I got exactly what I thought I was going to get, a splash of 'Death Race' with 'Crank', 'Mechanic' and 'Transporter2'. With the lines Jason delivers, he does it better with his shirt off (right ladies), otherwise shame Ryan Gosling couldnt manage this role...

4.0
0

If you like the rapidly expanding action-flick subgenre that is the Jason Statham movie, then you're safe with, er, 'Safe.' Writer / Director Boaz Yakin is less of a safe bet. His writing credits include such overblown yawnfests as 'Prince of Persia,' and 'Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights,' and his directing credits include 'Fresh' and 'Remember the Titans' -...

3.0
0