Safe starring Jason Statham came blasting through the big screen as it premiered in a few theaters last April 18th 2012. Jason Statham plays the character of Luke Wright in the film as he goes against the Triads in the hopes of protecting the life a young Chinese girl Mei (Catherine Chan). Ever since the movie came out, it brought critics back and forth on their opinions whether they like the movie or not. Let’s take a look at some of the critical reviews on the movie, Safe.
“ A Bit Of Shortcoming In The Movie, Safe
What starts out crisp and promising gives way to a conventional shoot-’em-up in “Safe,” a fast-paced but extremely familiar vehicle for Jason Statham, who can only carry the material so far on his brawny shoulders. Writer-director Boaz Yakin’s first stab at directing unadulterated action can’t sustain its initial burst of energy, and by the time someone rightfully observes, “This is really getting out of hand,” so has the movie. Not that such shortcomings should interfere with solid business prior to the summer onslaught among those willing to put their brains on auto-pilot for 90-odd minutes.
Yakin wrote such movies as “The Punisher” and “The Rookie” before his impressive directorial debut with “Fresh,” and for the first 25 minutes or so, he appears to have pulled off an unexpected coup with his latest single-syllable effort. In the opening stretch, the narrative rapidly cuts back and forth, setting up parallel stories involving its two central characters: a cage fighter/human killing machine named Luke Wright (Statham) and an 11-year-old Chinese girl with a photographic memory, Mei (newcomer Catherine Chan).
On the other hand, Mary Ann Johanson seems to have liked this new action film that is directed and written by Boaz Yakin. Here’s a quote from her article:
“Safe: A New Inventive Mayhem Starring Jason Statham
To say that I am not a fan of Jason Statham is an understatement. With the exception of one film (the excellent The Bank Job), his “characters” are ugly, unfeeling thugs who exist only to present ugly, unfeeling thuggishness as somehow cool and appealing. The Crank movies — which I like a lot, too — at least present his thuggishness through a lens of grownups-only Looney Tunes cartoonery, and so serves other cinematic purposes (ie, sending up genre conventions).
But now there’s Safe, which stuns me to my toes by revealing itself to be a wholly remarkable film. Oh, for certain, it is nothing that those who crave the usual Statham experience — as seen in Death Race, the Transporter flicks, Killer Elite, etc — won’t love: it is brutally violent and features lots of inventive and bloody mayhem. But those of us who don’t mind a little — or a lot — of inventive and bloody mayhem as long as there’s something meatier accompanying it are in for a treat. For with just the slightest of alterations in emphasis, with just the smallest of sharply observed touches, writer-director Boaz Yakin has created something extraordinary: a viciously cynical dark fantasy that fashions a new mythos of post-9/11 New York unlike anything we’ve seen, a bleak but all too plausible world of organized crime finding a new footing with law-enforcement attention focused on terrorism… and a place in which the tiny slice of the NYPD left to fend with the Russian mob and the Chinese Triads is just one more gang vying for supremacy.
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Safe will have a wide release on April 27th 2012.
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