There are two things you watch a Jason Statham for; the car chases and the fights. Safe starts out slow, as we follow two storylines, one of a little Chinese girl, who just happens to be a genius with numbers and has a photographic memory, who gets kidnapped by the Chinese mob and squirreled away to New York (of course) and one of a beat down cage fighter, who decided not to take the fall in this one fight, and who happens to be Jason Statham. The two storylines predictably meet, but not until the Russian mob decided to make an example out of Statham’s character Luke Wright for loosing them millions. Rather than kill him, they go to his house and kill his pregnant wife, then tell him that any one he gets close too will have the same fate, leaving him destitute and lonely, with the idea that he will eventually hit rock bottom and take his own life.
Luke is pretty tough, but eventually he gets to the point where he’s about to jump infront of a subway car, when out of the corner of his eye he spots a lost little Chinese girl wandering down the platform. Intrigued he steps back and watches her. It soon becomes apparent that some rather nasty looking Russians are after her and Luke’s sense of justice (and his kick-ass abilities) take over and the Statham we love comes out to play, taking out the Russian grab squad and becoming the unofficial guardian of the girl.
Of course, in the twisted storyline that follows, Will has to fight his way through not only the Russian and Chinese Mob, but also New Yorks corrupt elite police force.
Cue car chases, gun battles and plenty of fights.
Statham is in his element, and Safe turns out to be a sleeper action film that somehow didn’t get noticed on it’s theatrical run (to the extent that I don’t think it had one in New Zealand) but will hopefully get noticed with the DVD/BluRay release.
If you’ve been waiting for Jason Statham to return to form (AKA The Transporter) then Safe will not disappoint. It’s brutal, fast paced and once it gets going it doesn’t slow down until it’s all over.
R16 Violence and offensive language.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read