Safe film review
(Rating: 15, 94 mins) Written by Zen Terrelonge
Starring – Jason Statham, Catherin Chan.
Jason Statham has solidified his position as one of Britain’s finest exports to break Hollywood, and sealing his fate as a hard nut with anger management issues, he returns to showcase those talents as former New York cop, Luke Wright, in Safe.
Wright has lost his way, scraping in cash by knocking people out in an underground MMA ring, though he’s sunk so low that he even takes a dive when it’s necessary. However, he soon falls even further when a Russian crime outfit takes out its frustrations with Wright on his pregnant wife.
Meanwhile, young, Chinese bright spark, Mei (Chan), has been kidnapped from her home country and taken to the Big Apple so that a group of triads can cash in on her intellect. As it happens, the rival Russians also desire her smarts, more specifically they’re after a code that the Chinese mob has given her to remember.
On the brink of suicide, Wright is about to take a leap of faith in front of a speeding train, which is when his detective skills reignite as he sees Mei being pursued by a gang of the Eastern Europeans.
This gives Wright the opportunity to take on the ten strong group, picking them apart in an attempt to save the young girl who is equally scared of her shabby saviour.
Wright finds that he now has renewed purpose with Mei in his care, which leads him on a one man mission to take down both gangs, along with the bent NYPD that is also dogging his steps.
The film doesn’t offer anything fresh, and Statham’s attempt an an American accent is still as poor as it ever was, bordering on offensive, but the ridiculously extreme fight scenes, Wright’s seeming invulnerability and Statham’s charisma add a splash of Ribena to the watery plot.
Safe is in cinemas now.