When I watch a Jason Statham film I have certain expectations: he’s going to have some scenes without his shirt, we’re going to see him fight a LOT, people are going to die and Statham is going to look hot (once again, preferably without a shirt!)
In Statham’s newest film, Safe, that hits theaters this Friday, you’ll see a lot of on the edge of your seat action with Statham waging war on the Russians, Chinese and the police force but you won’t see a lot of his chest. But that didn’t really matter to my hubby and I found the movie to be so fast paced and entertaining, that while I felt a little cheated, it was still very enjoyable.
She has the code. He is the key. Directed by Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans) Safe, stars Jasan Statham as Luke Wright, a past his prime cage fighter on the mixed martial arts circuit. Wright is married and lives a pretty boring life until he puts his opponent in a coma, in a fight he was supposed to lose and makes enemies with the Russian Mafia. Instead of killing Wright, the Russians decide to make an example of him, so they murder his pregnant wife and threaten him that they’ll be watching and anyone else he has a relationship with will be killed too. “If you stay here tonight, tomorrow we’ll kill your landlady.”
As Wright leaves his home behind and wanders the streets of New York mourning his wife’s death and avoiding contact with anyone, he encounters Mei, a twelve year old Chinese girl, fleeing from the Russian gangsters. Luke jumps into the mix to rescue the young girl and leaves a lot of bodies in his wake. Now he’ll have to gain Mei’s trust if he’s going to be able to protect her as she’s wanted by the Russian mob, the Triads and the NYPD for the priceless code she’s memorized.
This movie is packed with action, bad ass fighting, thrilling stunts and a lot of gun fire. Its a Jason Statham film that’s to be expected but the plot takes some unexpected twists and turns and has some great one liners: “You’ve got some balls Luke” said by the city’s Mayor. “Yeah, amazing I can even walk.” – Luke Wright
“You broke his trachea.” NYPD cop tells Luke “I didn’t know a trachea could break” – Luke Wright
I loved it, that being said its not for everybody. While Yakin does a great job of not using the camera to dwell on the graphic nature of the violence, there are still scenes that caused the audience, including myself, to gasp. However, its one of the best action thrillers I’ve seen in a while because of the well choreographed fight scenes, and one of Statham’s best to date.
But Jason, if you’re reading this, please take off your shirt a little more in the next movie, it provides a welcome distraction from the brutality for the female viewers.