Movie Review: Safe (2012)

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I love Jason Statham, he’s awesome. He is one of those actors that you don’t care if he gets typecast as “Touch action guy” because he does it so well. But if you want somethign else from him, you can get that thanks to movies like “Snatch”. So let’s take a look at another one of his “Tough guy” movies.

Ladies and gentlemen, you are… “Safe”.

In this movie we see a little girl named Mei (Cahterine Chan) who is insanely good with numbers (the stereotypes manifest quickly). So a bunch of Chinese gangsters want gets their hands on her to keep her as their personal bookkeeper. So then we have Luke (Jason Statham) who is as down on his luck as one can be who notices her and decides to help her and keep her safe (roll credits). And now the triads, the Russian mobsters and the corrupt cops are after them. Clichéd? Yeah, very. Entertaining? Surprisingly, yes. This plot had a little bit more depth than expected from a Jason Statham action movie. I enjoyed the plot a bit and I think that is because the movie has a perfect length. It is neither too long nor too short. I was surprised at how much I could actually enjoy and appreciate the plot of the movie.

The characters are nothing really to write home about, they are pretty… meh. At least the supporting cast, they are nothing special which is a bit of a shame because we got a great cast here. But let’s talk about our main players here; Statham and Chan. Statham is actually really good in this movie, not simply being really tough and badass. He gives a really good performance. And Catherine Chan who plays the little girl Mei is also really good. I really loved the conversations between her and Statham, they were so sweet and entertaining. Now we move on to the disappointingly bad supporting cast. First off we have James Hong who’s been in tons of great stuff, he was not as great as he could have been. Next is Anson Mount, and this is probably the most disappointing part for me because I love him so much in “Hell on Wheels”. We also have Reggie Lee who plays one of the main triad members, and he wasn’t very good which is sad because he is pretty great at playing a bad guy/slime ball in “Prison Break”. Also, Chris Sarandon is in this movie. Yeah, Jack Skellington from “Nightmare Before Christmas”, he plays the mayor here.

The music in the movie was pretty good. The score was done by Mark Mothersbaugh and that was decently good, nothing really special or even that exciting. There was however a fair amount of licensed tracks in the movie and I thought those were really good. So I’d say the soundtrack in total is pretty good, but not great.

This movie was both written and directed by the same man, Boaz Yakin, a man I know nothing about. If you know any good movies by him, please feel free to mention it. Anyway, he wrote this and teh script/dialogue was really good. He also directed the movie and I think he did a great job with it. The shots look great and the pacing is excellent. And the action in the movie is pretty badass too. Sure, there is shaky-cam, but it’s moe in the sense of the “Bourne” trilogy rather than in “Alex Cross”. In other words, it isn’t used to mask bad choreography but is more of stylistic choice. But you know what makes up for some of the shaky-cam? Some incredible sound effects. You will sit there looking and suddenly here a *Crack* and think “Okay, that was definitely someone getting something broken”. And I love it, the effects made it better.

This movie has been decently well-received, but what else does one expect from a Jason Statham action movie? On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 57% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 55/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,5/10.

I’m not gonna lie, you guys… I had a great time with “Safe”. While the story faces some clichés, it’s still entertaining, shame that the supporting characters aren’t that great, and the soundtrack overall is pretty good, and the directing is great. The writing and action are also very good. Time for my final score. *Pops someone’s knee, steals envelope*. My final score for “Safe” is a 9,00/10. I think it’s worth buying.
Worth buying

“Safe” is now reviewed.

I guess that we’re all pretty… Safe… (Puns…)

 

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