Catherine Chan and Jason Statham play it Safe – and that’s okay.
SAFE (Boaz Yakin). 95 minutes. Opens Friday (April 27).For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: NNN
If you're looking for dumbed-down, non-stop action, a Jason Statham movie is always a safe bet.
Sure, the dialogue in his latest smackdown is as brutal and in-your-face as his feet, and the plot will have you believe the star can do the uncanny. But even when Safe is bad, it's good.
In this rehash of the set-up from his Transporter movies, Statham plays Luke, a down-on-his-luck, verging-on-suicidal prizefighter who finds new purpose when he must protect a young Chinese girl from the Triads, the Russian Mob and corrupt NYPD officers. Everyone has itchy trigger fingers, turning New York's boroughs into the Alamo. Meanwhile, Statham bounces around scenes and people like a pinball that explodes on contact.
There's something downright existential about his Luke, whom we meet as a boxer before finding out he's a garbage collector, a rundown cop and/or whatever else the ludicrous plot dictates at any given moment. Oh, wait, now he's speaking Russian.
But this kinetic shape-shifter's always Statham: stripped-down masculinity with a bullet-shaped head, a husky voice and a fist that dislocates jaws. That's what we expect. Nothing more, nothing less.