Jason Statham stars as ex-Government agent Luke Wright who over the course of one harrowing night tears a swath through NY citys corrupt underworld in order to save a young girls life and redeem his own.
Jason Statham stars as ex-Government agent Luke Wright who over the course of one harrowing night tears a swath through NY citys corrupt underworld in order to save a young girls life and redeem his own. less
“Although shallow in it's plot and characterization, the action packed fight sequences and the films fast pace make it a good one time watch.”
Safe might perhaps be Jason Stathams most viciously brutal movie in a long time. While it sticks to a well established template for nearly all his solo action films, one of the things that impresses over others are the fight sequences, which are designed to result in quick and brutal resolutions rather than have the two fighters kick air for a long time before blood and bone, bleed and break. Even the story, while not Shakespearean, has more heart than most of Stathams cinematic output. I was genuinely surprised how enjoyable this film is.
Luke Wright (Jason Statham) is washed up former cop who also shares a sad & horrifying relationship with the Russian mob. Years ago he refused to take a dive in an underground mixed martial arts fight and in order to teach him a lesson the Russian mafia killed his wife and child and promised to watch over him and kill anyone he befriends. So Luke walks around New York in a perpetually bad trying to avoid any personal connections until a ten year old Chinese girl, Mei (Catherine Chan) comes his way. Mei has memorised a huge number which holds the key to a lot of money for the Chinese Triads. Soon enough other than the triads, corrupts cops, a corrupt mayor and the Russian mafia want their hands on the girl too; with Luke Wright in their way none of it is going to be an easy task.
Stathams fight sequences a utterly brutal and enjoyable, since he rarely holds back from going full throttle. The aim is simply to seriously maim or kill the opponent in every fight which is there resulting in shorter yet more bloody fights.
I guess the other thing that works well for Safe is the pacing of the film; the fact that it never really slows down and is filled with moments of wit or dark humour evens out the tension. Its unapologetically cheesy and shallow in terms of characterisation and plot at times but its primarily a showcase for the awesome fights and thats what it does best.