Sunday 16 September 2012

Today's Review: Safe

You know where you are with a Jason Statham movie. It's all very comfortable, very safe. Like Safe. Safe is your average Jason Statham movie in which Jason Statham plays Jason Statham. He's a man, slightly down on his luck, who gets targeted by some bad guys, and he goes around shooting them in the face a lot. But wait, there's a twist in this one.

You see, Mr. Statham has gotten into trouble with the Russian mob, and in return they have vowed to kill anyone he's close to, which makes him even more lonely than in his other movies. Meanwhile, a particularly clever Chinese girl, Mei, gets shipped over to America in order to work as a database/calculator for the Chinese mob. But when Mei is asked to memorise a particularly lengthy and important number, the Russian mob get particularly interested in her, and soon she is on the run from gangsters and cops all over the city. Jason Statham ends up caught in the crossfire, and automatically decides to save her at any cost.

Of course, the cost is the lives of a whole load of gangsters. In fact, around half of this movie is just Statham punching people or shooting them in the face. But hey, what do you expect? At least they put a little thought into his character this time, although why they gave him an American accent I don't know, he can't pull it off too well. As far as plot goes, there's not much else than what I told you, so just sit back and enjoy some good car chasing, face shooting action, because that's all you're getting.

Not that that's a particularly bad thing. This is a pure popcorn movie. If you're expecting something in depth, then you shouldn't have chosen something starring Jason Statham. What you do get though, is a quite well planned pure action movie, with enough variety of gunshots and fisticuffs to keep you occupied for an hour and a half. It's not going to win any awards, but it's fun to watch.

My rating: 3/5

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