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Safe Theatrical ReviewChris Rebholz
Shipped to America as a "counter," Mei essentially serves as the stooge in an elaborate web of debased corruption, carrying around a numeric code inside her head since her security-concerned overlords don't like leaving trails, electronic or otherwise. However once she escapes, that secret makes her a target, with the Chinese Triad, Russian mob and dirty police all after her. Meanwhile, Luke has his own "Punisher"-like history that has depleted his will to live, before he encounters Mei and realizes she's being pursued by the same goons who destroyed his happy home.
Even for a traditional revenge tale, the beginning speeds by with style and efficiency. After that, however, "Safe" becomes a series of erratic encounters yielding an almost-comical body count, with much of the carnage taking place in public spaces around screaming civilians. While the audience is perhaps expected to accept this absence of discretion in criminal enterprises from notorious communist strongholds, it's still jarring to see such a lack of concern for people and property on crowded city streets.
For Statham, the role doesn't venture far from the hard-boiled territory he occupied in the "Transporter" series, with a touch of "The Professional" given his empathy for this orphaned tyke, whose precociousness proves a hit-miss proposition as the movie progresses. Unfortunately, the emphasis on promiscuous gun play somewhat dilutes the muscular close-quarters ass-kicking for which Statham's known, though with so many bad guys to dispatch, there's plenty of both. ("The Expendables'" stunt coordinator Chad Stahelski provides the fight choreography.)
Despite a few humble twists, the thin plot barely holds together long enough to justify all the mayhem.
Yakin's script contains a few amusing throwaway lines, but "Safe" doesn't go so far as to embrace the absurdity of its situations, while seldom slowing down once it gets rolling to worry about characters. It's not bad, strictly on a visceral level, and as an action star, Statham has exactly what we want. Yet the film makers are so mindful of their core assets, every choice "Safe" makes after the opening -- from the look to the music -- comes off exactly like the meaning of the title.
Cast: Jason Statham, Chris Sarandon, Robert John Burke, Reggie Lee, Danny Hoch, James Hong
Directed by: Boaz Yakin
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 95 minutes
Distributed by: Lionsgate
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