Haydn Radford -A freelance writer born in Adelaide, who loves living here. I write about movies, theatre, entertainment, literary and art events. I am happy to promote & review your events. www.weekendnotes.com/profile/121822
Published May 8th 2012
Safe is the latest film from screenwriter/director Boaz Yakin . Uptown Girls (1994), Remember the Titans (2000) and Fresh (1994). It is a high-octane action, shoot'em up with a high body count with no signs of logic, very little to think about, but despite the occasional cliche's and witty exchanges it manages to be quite entertaining. Just don't take it seriously.
Jason Statham takes aim in 'Safe.'
As we left the cinema I overheard a patron's dramatic remark, "Out damn spot. I goin' to need a shower to wash away all the blood." I'd have to agree with him, as I felt I hadn't seen so many cold blooded killings since Kill Bill, Safe has mass fight scenes, gun battles, car chases and crashes as Luke (Jason Statham) an ex-cop endeavours to save Mei (Cathrine Chan) from the Russian mafia and Chinese mafia who are at war with each other and a bunch of crooked NYC cops, and they all want Mei, but they have met their match with Luke, hence all the shootings and blood-letting. If it sounds at all familiar, it does have similarities to The Professional.
The chinese born 12-year-old star Catherine Chan makes her big-screen debut giving a convincing performance as the precocious girl mathematical genius whose talent for remembering ledgers and account balances give cause for the mafia battles.
Catherine Chan & Jason Statham have a moment of truth.
Statham's cool approach shows signs of a younger Bruce Willis in action films such as Die Hard and Pulp Fiction, while some have compared him to the late Steve McQueen. Statham has a long way to go before he can fill McQueen's shoes but his gung ho and reckless style complete with gangster-movie speeches with traces of dry humour have a striking effect with audiences and have made him one of the current more dependable, cool, explosive toughguy action-packed antiheroes.