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Statham is Pretty Safe

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Safe is a pretty standard Jason Statham actioner. Statham, as usual, plays an anti-hero who is a one-man army. Similar to Redemption (known as Hummingbird in the UK), he is at the very bottom when he finds himself saving a young girl who is the target of the Russian and Chinese mob as well as a corrupt municipal government and its special police team led by the nefarious Captain Wolf.

Statham kicks the requisite butt and is suitably heroic, basically portraying another Frank Martin – all Statham actioners seem to portray the same character, the one made famous by the Transporter. That’s not a bad thing, given that when one gets a Statham actioner, one knows exactly what one is getting.

This movie isn’t inspired, but it is workmanlike, hitting all the necessary notes. The actress who portrays the little girl is competent enough not to ruin her scenes but doesn’t show anything above competence. The villains are suitably villainous, though I found myself wishing somebody would give James Hong a heroic role rather than using him as a villain. Hong is always good, and I know he could do more, but I only seem to see him playing villains.

Ah well, it’s a job. At least he’s regularly working.

So, if you dig Jason Statham action movies, Safe is a good option for you. It takes a little bit of time to get going, but once it does it’s pretty relentless.

I give Safe 4 emptied magazines out of 5.

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