What happens when you take two gangs, some corrupt cops, stick them in New York City and throw in some action-film cliches? You get Safe. A film which stars Jason Statham and... That’s actually it.
That’s when he sees a little terrified Chinese girl, Mai, being pursued by Chinese mobsters. Statham, looking in great shape considering he hasn’t worked out in a year, batters the gangsters to death before taking off with Mai. Turns out that Mai is a memory genius and was given the code to a safe containing a large sum of money.
So, Statham finds himself playing an obscure game of hot-potato, fighting off Russians, Chinese and crooked cops all intent on getting their hands on Mai to gain access to the money in the safe.
With all the obvious twists and turns a typical brainless action movie has we’re taken through a series of action cliches such as climbing on trains, car-chases and those slow ‘man walks’ we get to the final confrontation, you know, the bit where two guys are meant to fight hand-to-hand? And they pull a Transporter... Oh dear. The whole film feels jagged, rushed in places (and not in the adrenaline surging good way) and alarmingly slow in others.
If you’re a mindless drone who isn’t looking for a film with plot and character, you’ll probably enjoy this. If you’re looking for something with some intelligence behind it, you’ll probably have a pretty good time but you won’t walk away feeling enlightened. As far as ‘save the little kid’ movies go, this one’s no Man on Fire.