Staying safe with Statham

By Geselle Martinez |Staff Writer|

Jason Statham is back to his old ass-kicking ways in his newest film, “Safe.”

“Safe” is an action-packed thriller filled with mind-blowing fighting scenes. If you watched the “Transporter” movies then you will love this film.

It starts off with the Russian mafia trying to get Mei (Catherine Chan), a young girl with an incredible memory, to fess up a priceless numerical code she has memorized. The Triads, a notorious Chinese gang, decide to take Mei under their wing when they notice her incredible ability.

Mei is force to leave her childhood and has no choice but to grow up and catch on to the business of criminals. Although she is a young girl, she is strong and is able to overcome the hardships in her life.

Meanwhile, Luke Wright (Jason Statham) is a former cop who now lives as a second-rate cage fighter on the mixed martial arts circuit. He is living a numbing life of routine beatings and chump change until he blows a rigged fight. In response, the Russian Mafia murders his family and sends him into hiding.

But when he witnesses a frightened Mei being pursed by the same gangsters who took away his life, Luke impulsively jumps into action.

Luke jumps head-first into the three-way war between the Triads, the Russian Mafia and a band of corrupt NYC cops. Realizing he’s the only person Mei can trust, he does everything he can to save her life.

Everyone has different perceptions of Luke. The Russians thought he was a coward and could not defend himself, but they definitely underestimated him. The corrupt cops knew that he was an absolute force to be reckoned with and the Triads knew little of him.

Statham is incredible in the fighting scenes, making them look effortless and realistic.

Boaz Yakin, who has written for “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” and directed “Remember the Titans,” wrote and directed the movie “Safe.” He shoots the film like a crazy roller coaster ride, taking viewers on a fast-paced action tour of the dark side of gangland.

The movie’s plot was good and better than your average shoot-em-up flick. What initially looks like a basic Statham thriller turns into something much more.

What makes the movie great is not only the intense fighting scenes but the story line of the movie. The story is believable, with equal bits of drama and comedy with plenty of scenes that will leave many moviegoers shocked.

Chan’s role was especially great. She was not just a young and helpless little girl, but one who was tough and willing to take on whatever is dished out at her.

If you love fast-paced thrillers that make your heart race and body tense up then you should definitely check out “Safe.”

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