You know where you stand with a Jason Statham film - expect plenty of surly looks, bone-crunching fight scenes and some throwaway humour. Thankfully, Safe goes one step further and is an enjoyable 80s-throwback with a considerable bodycount. Statham plays cage-fighting ex-cop Luke, who occasionally takes out New York's garbage (of the human variety). When he comes across an 11-year-old Chinese girl on the run, he takes her under his protective wing. She's wanted by the Chinese and Russian mafia, as well as the mayor of New York as she's memorised the code to a safe with $30m in it. There's plenty of action throughout the film, with Luke's no-nonsense attitude keeping him going as he blasts his way through each set-piece. The violence is fast and brutal, lending it a welcome air of 80s excess. There are perhaps too many interested parties in the film, so the plot gets a little bit convoluted towards the end. It's a worthwhile Friday-night film that delivers a shot of adrenaline to a jaded genre.
A bit slow to get going and set up the story but just explodes after about twenty minutes. Great action with Jason Stratham taking on the whole of New York and emerging without a scratch. Some excellent one liners a la Bruce Willis' John McClane and quite a but of homage to Die Hard. Great performance by Catherine Chang as the young girl in need of rescue. Does however look like it was set up for SAFE 2, 3 and 4. Definitely worth a trip out to see if you were a fan of any of the Transpoter movies or Strathams other shoot them ups
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