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Safe (2012)


Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 105
Fresh: 60
Rotten: 45

Critics Consensus: 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.

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 14
Rotten: 14

Critics Consensus: 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.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 109,637


Movie Info

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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R (for strong violence throughout, and for language)
Drama , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By:
Boaz Yakin
In Theaters:
Sep 4, 2012
Box Office:
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Safe

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (60) | Rotten (45) | DVD (2)

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

Full Review… | May 1, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 30, 2012
The Atlantic
Top Critic

It's like another "Transporter'' installment trying to be something slightly more - and not quite delivering the goods.

Full Review… | April 28, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Despite some impressively gritty street-level action, Safe plays it far too safe.

Full Review… | April 27, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 27, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

It's hard to swallow Statham, who spent the Crank movies supercharging his last minutes of life, as a suicidal sad-sack, just as it's painful to see him yoked to a cute little girl in an obvious attempt to soften his image.

Full Review… | April 27, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

An action film so cack-handed it borders on parody.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012

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

Full Review… | September 18, 2012
Fan The Fire

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

Full Review… | September 17, 2012
We Got This Covered

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

Full Review… | September 14, 2012

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.

Full Review… | September 11, 2012

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

Full Review… | September 10, 2012

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

Full Review… | August 22, 2012

[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.

Full Review… | June 30, 2012

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

Full Review… | June 21, 2012

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.

Full Review… | May 30, 2012

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.

Full Review… | May 23, 2012

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.

Full Review… | May 22, 2012
Lyles' Movie Files

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

Full Review… | May 15, 2012
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.

Full Review… | May 14, 2012
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

Full Review… | May 12, 2012
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.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
At the Movies (Australia)

In any language this is exhilarating stuff.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
The Ooh Tray

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

Full Review… | May 9, 2012
2UE That Movie Show

It's the imposing Statham's badass grimace and combat acumen that primarily elevate Safe above your average direct-to-video genre work

Full Review… | May 9, 2012
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Safe

Safe is typically what you'd expect from a Luc Besson production, except, this isn't a Luc Besson production. This is a Lawrence Bender/Kevin Spacey production, which makes for an odd mix I think you'd agree. So it's a character based thriller with a bit of action, it's Boaz Yakin's film first and foremost but he has to admit there is an element of familiarity about the film. Personally I think Yakin is an overlooked writer, a capable director but a better writer. I wonder if Safe is more about making money for a future production rather than a work of passion, I like a mindless Jason Statham film as much as the next man but I think everyone involved is better than the film as a whole. That all said, it is what it is, tune in, switch off and enjoy. That's what I did anyway.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Safe had the potential of being a truly impressive piece of action cinema, instead it's an underwhelming mediocre movie that is formulaic and just doesn't deliver anything memorable or truly exciting. Statham is one of modern actions biggest stars, and he is talented at making fun, thrilling picture but like every other actor, he does have a few films that are not that great. Safe is one of them, and it's a film that never realizes its potential. The film runs at a very short run time, and it pack far too much, therefore the story tries to do a lot, but it never delivers because the filmmakers don't have a steady pace going in the film. What makes this such a lacking effort is the fact that it doesn't try to put emphasis on good storytelling with effective action. The result is a tiresome effort that simply doesn't stand out. As a whole, the film does have kinetic action, but, it just doesn't hold up compared to other films in the genre. Statham has made better films than this, and if you're expecting something good here, you won't find it. Safe tries to be far too ambitious, yet falters because it packs far too many unrealized ideas into a short period. The film could have been great, but if the length of the time would have been longer, the plot could have steadily build up and with the trilling action, would have made it a terrific film. In the end, the film just doesn't satisfy and it is a mediocre action film that leaves a lot to be desired.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer


Safe is your typical Jason Statham movie but with steroids. If you have seen any of his newer films, then this movie will not surprise you. But like most of his films, Safe is a nice throwback to the heyday 80's action films. This film simply offers up a good time as we see Statham get involved with the Chinese and the Russians. The stunts are pretty good here as well as the cinematography since we see some cool shots of the action.

Boaz Yakin's film is about a former New York detective who protects a young Chinese girl from the fore-mentioned ethnic groups because she has something both sides want and they will go to war over this.

Jason Statham is Jason Statham in this film. He does nothing but kick butt and show people why he is not to be trifled with. He is getting better as an actor and is beginning to show some more emotional maturity.

Overall, this is a solid action film that while it delivers nothing new, it still delivers the goods. It has everything an action junkie could want from good choreography to corrupt policemen. Essentially, if you don't like Jason Statham you won't like this film. But, I believe this is a good action film. I rate this film 4 1/2 stars 3-04-14

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


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.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

Safe Quotes

Meow, meow, meow.
– Submitted by Jesse K (17 months ago)
Luke Wright:
Been in restaurants all night... All I got served was lead.
– Submitted by Jeremy L (2 years ago)
Quan Chang:
I want the girl dead or alive! Bring her to me or your head comes off!
– Submitted by Diego L (2 years ago)
Luke Wright:
I'll have a white russian... and a fork.
– Submitted by Tom M (2 years ago)
Alex Rosen:
You've got balls.
Luke Wright:
Surprising I can even walk...
– Submitted by Mitch B (2 years ago)
I've sen him fight. Bad business for you.
– Submitted by Pam H (2 years ago)

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