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'Safe' Starring Jason Statham

A movie directed by Boaz Yakin

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'Safe' 'Two Jews On Film' Exchange Blows Over This Non Stop Action Thriller (Video)

  • Apr 27, 2012

By Joan Alperin Schwartz
First off, I must say that there are some actors that I just enjoy watching...Doesn't really matter all that much what they do up on the silver screen...I just like them...And Jason Statham is one of them.

Is he a great actor?  That's yet to be determined, but he's definitely an entertaining one.

In his new film 'Safe' written and directed by Boaz Yakin ('Remember The Titans') Statham is at the top of his game.

He plays Luke Wright, an ex super cop, ex cage fighter, who's at the lowest point in his life.  Luke's wife has been murdered by the Russian mob and he is one step away from jumping off a subway platform into a moving train.

Seriously, he really is...until he spots a girl who looks like she's in trouble.

 The girl is ten year old Mei (Catherine Chan) and she happens to be a genius/math prodigy. Mei was kidnapped from her school in China and whisked off to New York City where she now resides with Triad boss, Han Jiao (James Hong).  The old dude doesn't believe in computers and since Mei has a flawless memory, she becomes his human ledger.   

Unfortunately for Mei, the Russian mob know all about her awesome skills and they want her for themselves. So they wind up kidnapping her.  Wow, kidnapped twice in one movie.  That's a record.

Okay, so the Russians have Mei...They want her to tell them about some number.  The little genius refuses to spill what she knows and when these goof balls aren't looking, Mei escapes into the wild streets of Manhattan.

Oh, did I forget to mention...there's also a bunch of crooked cops after her as well.  
It really sucks being popular.

Anyway, back to Mei, Luke and the subway platform...The Chinese and Russians are closing in on our girl fast...Luke, being the bad ass killing machine that he is...fights them all off, grabs Mei and...what follows are...

Incredible chase scenes, non stop violence, killer fight scenes, crashing cars, more killer fight scenes, as Luke struggles to keep Mei...safe.

Now don't think that 'Safe' is all blood and guts...Well, basically it is, but... 

There's also some funny and sweet moments between Luke and Mei and that's what added to the fun.
And yes, this film is fun and that's why I gave it 3 1/2 bagels out of 5.   

Check out our video to see John's rating...Hint...We seem to have a different idea about fun...at least when it comes to movies.

'Safe' opens in theatres Friday, April 27, 2012.   
'Safe' 'Two Jews On Film' Exchange Blows Over This Non Stop Action Thriller (Video) 'Safe' 'Two Jews On Film' Exchange Blows Over This Non Stop Action Thriller (Video)

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April 29, 2012
I may see this one tomorrow, I see this as something like "The Man from Nowhere" and "Man on Fire"....thanks, Joan and John!
April 30, 2012
Ok, Joan, I am with you on this one. I am about to post my own review. This was good as a movie for an action hero.
April 30, 2012
April 30, 2012
And I just posted our review of 'The Avengers' and John...actually liked it. Can you believe it? LOL
April 28, 2012
I believe that the public will like this film because of the action throughout and an interesting storyline.
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review by . April 30, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Predictable and Outlandish...But an Enjoyable and Energetic Action Thriller
Honestly, I have been a little sad that despite his acting talent, Jason Statham seems to have been reduced by Hollywood to a typecast that puts him in one mediocre action flick after the next. I know the man has talent judging from his movies in Europe but it seems as if Hollywood is so desperate for an action hero that this is all the work he gets offered here in the U.S.. Going to see “Safe” I was prepared for more of the same, and really, I was not expecting much. I was dragged to …
review by . May 02, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         Is it just me, or are these Jason Statham action films becoming harder and harder to tell apart? They say to go with what you know, but blast it all, I need to know if this man is capable of something other than fight choreography and witty one-liners. Safe is yet another film that exploits his physicality and completely ignores his potential for actual acting. On the basis of just about every movie he has ever been in, filmmakers don’t regard …
review by . November 26, 2012
SAFE Is Everything You Expect from a Jason Statham Picture, But It Could've Been More
Despite what some may think, smart action films are not an easy sell.  They require a script with some backbone, and that means a strong villain, some solid supporting players, a dashing but tarnished hero, and plenty of excellent stunt work.  The stakes should be easily identifiable by the audience, and all of the players need to be uniquely fit into their respective roles.  In other words, a bad guy without a clear and understandable goal can muck it all up in a real hurry, and …
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My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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  • Opened April 27, 2012 | Runtime:1 hr 35 min
  • R-Language and Strong Violence Throughout

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  • A second-rate cage fighter on the mixed martial arts circuit, Luke Wright lives a numbing life of routine beatings and chump change...until the day he blows a rigged fight. Wanting to make an example of him, the Russian Mafia murders his family and banishes him from his life forever, leaving Luke to wander the streets of New York destitute, haunted by guilt, and tormented by the knowledge that he will always be watched, and anyone he develops a relationship with will also be killed. But when he witnesses a frightened 12-year-old Chinese girl, Mei, being pursued by the same gangsters who killed his wife, Luke impulsively jumps to action...and straight into the heart of a deadly high-stakes war. Mei, he discovers, is no ordinary girl, but an orphaned math prodigy forced to work for the Triads as a "counter." He discovers she holds in her memory a priceless numerical code that the Triads, the Russian mob and a corrupt faction of the NYPD will kill for.
  • Cast: Jason Statham, Catherine Chan, Robert John Burke, James Hong, Anson Mount, Chris Sarandon
  • Director: Boaz Yakin
  • Genres: Crime Thriller, Crime
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    Director: Boaz Yakin
    Screen Writer: Boaz Yakin
    Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes

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