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Safe (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 106
Fresh: 60 | Rotten: 46

While hard-hitting and violently inventive, Safe ultimately proves too formulaic to set itself apart from the action thriller pack -- including some of its star's better films.

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 13

While hard-hitting and violently inventive, Safe ultimately proves too formulaic to set itself apart from the action thriller pack -- including some of its star's better films.

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A second-rate cage fighter on the mixed martial arts circuit, Luke Wright lives a numbing life of routine beatings and chump change...until the day he blows a rigged fight. Wanting to make an example of him, the Russian Mafia murders his family and banishes him from his life forever, leaving Luke to wander the streets of New York destitute, haunted by guilt, and tormented by the knowledge that he will always be watched, and anyone he develops a relationship with will also be killed.

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Drama, Action & Adventure

Boaz Yakin

Sep 4, 2012

$17.1M

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The occasional efficient action sequence means that 'Safe' never gets truly dull, but even Statham aficionados might feel short- changed by this one.

May 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The thoroughly mediocre Safe provides little more than an excuse for Statham to do what Statham does better than anyone else: look stern while punishing bad guys. That's just not enough.

April 30, 2012 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic
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It's like another "Transporter'' installment trying to be something slightly more - and not quite delivering the goods.

April 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Despite some impressively gritty street-level action, Safe plays it far too safe.

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter | Comment (1)
Hollywood Reporter
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Yeah, "Safe" is a long way from perfect. But rented, in a few months, it'll go great with a six-pack and a hold-the-anchovies special.

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comments (14)
Newark Star-Ledger
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The plot first strains and then assassinates credulity, while Yakin's handling of the action/mayhem runs the gamut from the merely dull to what-the-hell's-going-on.

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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An action film so cack-handed it borders on parody.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

It ain't too smart, it ain't too sophisticated, but it does have its charm and is entertaining enough for what it is: an action-packed, B-movie experience.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

Character development and storyline are treated as inconveniences to be tossed aside at the earliest opportunity.

September 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

Safe is an exceptional Jason Statham B-movie that managed to sneak through the cracks during its theatrical release.

September 17, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Perhaps one of these days Statham will stop making the same movie over and over and try something new.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Editing is wonky, and the story leaves much to be desired, but Jason Statham genuinely shines in this rugged, violent action-thriller, with a body count that rivals classic John Woo.

September 11, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

Jason Statham's latest actionpalooza "Safe" is unsuitably hilarious, although that's probably not the film's intended reaction.

September 10, 2012 Full Review Source: FoxNews.com
FoxNews.com

Overcomes its formulaic concept and delivers the best damned film of Jason Statham's career.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Comments (2)
CraveOnline

[Jason] Statham blasts his way through his biggest body count in this satisfying, one-note action film designed very specifically for Statham fans who know his acting limits as well as he does.

June 30, 2012 Full Review Source: 3AW

Has a distinctly old-school Steven Seagal-circa-Out for Justice vibe.

June 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

The usually stone-faced Statham actually emotes a bit here and there. You kinda get a nice warm vibe right before he kills about 20 to 30 people. Then, repeat.

May 30, 2012 Full Review Source: CNNRadio
CNNRadio

Had the product (and Safe is, above all else, Hollywood product) reached a little higher, its title might have seemed coolly ironic. Instead, it inadvertently represents truth in advertising.

May 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Screen-Space
Screen-Space

Easily one of the best action films I've seen in a decade and firmly cements Statham's status as this generation's coolest, kick-tail action megastar.

May 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

When your audiences doesn't care if the child lives or dies, you know your movie's got problems.

May 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Moviedex
Moviedex

Statham's character is complicated and interesting, and the '70s feel comes from a sense of hopelessness in the face of corruption.

May 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly
Atlantic City Weekly

Not only does Safe feature bone crunching, nut busting, gun popping action as dispensed by one of the genre's great practitioners, but it does so with fresh energy and creativity that is enough to distract from its more stale elements.

May 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

I want and action film to be bad-ass, well directed, and to give me an adrenaline rush. And on those terms, this film more than succeeds

May 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

Like so many action films these days the film is over-edited and under-plotted, and we've seen Statham's tough guy character many times before.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

In any language this is exhilarating stuff.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

Safe is so ham-fistedly BAD on every conceivable level that it bordered on entertaining.

May 9, 2012 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

Audience Reviews for Safe

Boaz Yakin's Safe is anything but safe.Sporting a run time just under 90 minutes and a frantic pace to go with it, Safe runs red lights and spills the blood to keep the thrills at a high level. The first 5 minutes is a tough swallow, as it employs erratic scene transitions one after the other to reveal characters and locations. Fortunately, things calm down. Not calm as a vanishing hurricane, but more a hurricane being downgraded from a level 5 to a level 4. Spurts of nifty scene transitions and cinematography are still in the picture.The action is a plenty with a high body count. It is a much welcome sight to make up for the mediocre storytelling.Jason Statham is nothing new. He does what he does best and that is star in this type of movie. The rest of the cast is more or less forgettable.Safe fits right in as another action thriller starring Jason Statham. Nothing more, nothing less.
December 19, 2012
skactopus
JY Skacto

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"It's getting hard to decipher which action film is which when it comes to Jason Stathman. I mean, the man does well in these films and he's always entertaining. It's just he does so many of them. I guess if it ain't broke don't fix it is his philosophy of action films.

The movie is entertaining and has a decent plot. There is SO much killing. I'm getting use to it though with his movies. I wish I could say Jason brings something new to the movie, but he doesn't. Same stuff different story. Still though, I enjoyed it. Worth watching at least once."
November 21, 2012
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Taking a page from Mercury Rising, what we have here is the story of a tough guy with a troubled past who finds himself protecting a special kid with special skills wanted by dangerous criminals with bad intentions.

The specifics are as follows: Jason Statham is Luke, a former elite cop turned second rate MMA cage fighter who happens to stumble upon Mei (newcomer Catherine Chan)- a young Chinese girl with an impeccable memory who has a series of numbers in her mind that's connected to shady deals between corrupt cops, the Triads, and Russian mobsters. Deals go bad, she goes on the run, and, having to be in the right place at the right time, gets saved by Luke who then spend s the rest of the movie trying to figure out the info the girl has, while protecting her, and trying to find some personal redemption.

Yeah, for a film that you would think is a straight-forward action thriller, there's a lot of plot here, tons of twists, and turns, and probably way too much going on. Thankfully it's not the most convoluted and impenetrable mess in the world, but maybe it didn't have to be quite as heavily plotted. Well, I guess it do show a sense of ambition and effort, so that's nice.

Statham delivers what he usually does, and that's fine. He's maybe a tad better here than with the second Crank movie, but not as good as he was in something like The Bank Job. He is pretty believable and likeable though, no surprise. Chan fares better than most child newcomers, though I can't really say if she'll have much of a career after this or not. Aside from all this, everyone else just comes off as routine, but that's fine. It is kinda nice seeing James Hong again, though.

BEsides lots of plot, there's also tons of action, and the film usually flips back and forth between the two often, but throughout there's also some character moments, but nothing outstanding. The fights and stunts are great though, and they do match with the rest of the film nicely.

Overall, this is a pretty enjoyable movie, and it's better than it has to be. It's not really that special, and I think the structure and plotting could have been re-worked, but at least it wasn't a total cookie cutter affair. This is one of those films where, despite the rating, I'm giving it a pass, because hey, it's fun, and actually rather competent.
November 2, 2012
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

A pure adrenaline-charged action-packed thriller. A sensational and rip-roaring roller-coaster of excitement and mayhem that`s hard-boiled and hard-edged. A whip-smart, stylish, sharp and brutally intense film that is for sure one of the years best surprises. A non-stop, pulse-pounding, hold on to your seat thrill-ride that never lets up. A dazzling, heart-pounding and wickedly well-crafted action film. A great movie with a great story filled with explosive action, powerful drama and great surprises. Director, Boaz Yakin`s directional debut is slick, crafty and packed with energy that makes this movie worth while all the way to the end. Jason Statham gives a knockout performance, he packs lots of power, energy and surprising heart. Statham is truly at his best and you cant help but love him in this. Loaded with barrel's blazing gun battles and thrilling fight sequences to keep action junkies satisfied. An awesome instant classic. Rivals with films like The Professional and Man On Fire.
October 28, 2012
allan913

Super Reviewer

    1. Mei: Meow, meow, meow.
    – Submitted by Jesse K (11 months ago)
    1. Luke Wright: Been in restaurants all night... All I got served was lead.
    – Submitted by Jeremy L (19 months ago)
    1. Quan Chang: I want the girl dead or alive! Bring her to me or your head comes off!
    – Submitted by Diego L (23 months ago)
    1. Luke Wright: I'll have a white russian... and a fork.
    – Submitted by Tom M (24 months ago)
    1. Alex Rosen: You've got balls.
    2. Luke Wright: Surprising I can even walk...
    – Submitted by Mitch B (24 months ago)
    1. Mei: I've sen him fight. Bad business for you.
    – Submitted by Pam H (24 months ago)
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