Luke Wright has had it. The once fearless fighter for justice has seen his life go downhill to the point where a fixed cage fight went wrong, his wife got murdered by the Russian mob as payback, and now they kill everyone who dares to talk more than a minute with him. As a lone hobo he’s about to throw himself in front of a train when he suddenly sees a little Chinese girl feeling from a couple of Chinese mobsters. He decides to protect her, but what he doesn’t know is that she actually has a photographic memory and has seen a code that’s very important for several influential people. With the Chinese and Russian mob as well as a bunch of corrupt cops after her, Wright has more than his hands full of protecting the girl…
Jason Statham is doing one movie after the other and it almost seems as if he’s making movies faster than a speeding bullet. And as usual, high quantity results in low quality. The victim of this: Safe.
The movie doesn’t make sense what so ever. Nothing about this movie makes any sense. Where to start? A guy suddenly decides to not jump in front of a train because he sees a little Chinese girl wandering around? He decides to dress up to impress her when beating a seemingly endless bunch of baddies to crap? He doesn’t mind going up against the Russian mob for protecting a girl he doesn’t know, but didn’t when his own life and that of his wife were in danger? These are just a few examples of the many many many (and many) inconsistencies that plague Safe and it’s been a while since we’ve seen a movie that’s so off the charts when it comes down to being utterly stupid when it comes to story.
Once you’ve come to terms with the fact that the story is utter crap, you hope to at least be in for a nice ride of spectacular action but also here Safe disappoints. Statham does some of his regular moves, but most of the time you see him wandering around, or having some meaningless dialogue. When the action does kick in, it’s just the same as in any other Statham movie and then you reach the end which is even more of a letdown than you could have possibly imagined. Laughable even!
Safe is pretty similar to that ’90s Bruce Willis flick ‘Mercury Rising’ where we also saw a tough guy go up against the odds and a seemingly limitless amount of baddies, but while that movies wasn’t any good, this one is just plain bad. If you want to see Statham in action, take any of his other movies. Even the two “Crank” movies make more sense than this one and at the very least the action there is more fun.
Want some good news? Well, the image and sound are really good with plenty of detail and good positioning of the effects. But who cares about technical quality if the movie itself isn’t worthwhile?