Movie Review: Safe

“Come with me if you want to live.”  Oh, wait a minute.  That’s from another film.

Still, it’s more-or-less what Luke Wright (Jason Statham) says to an 11-year-old Chinese girl as she dodges various bad guys, including corrupt police officers.

“Safe” doesn’t make any sense, but it’s still a good ride.  Wright is a sad sack cage fighter who ticks off the Russian mafia when he fails to throw a fight.  Instead of killing him, the mob boss decides to murder Mrs. Wright and leave Luke alive so he can think about it.  In addition, anyone Wright comes in contact with in a meaningful way will also be killed.

Meantime, little Mei (Catherine Chan) is a math prodigy with a photographic memory.  The Triad (Asian mob) had her memorize the books, so there would never be any physical evidence to incriminate them.  Yeah, real old school.  And kinda silly.

Corrupt cops also want to nab the girl, because some of the dirt may involve them.  So, with bullets flying from all directions, Mei is definitely going to check out soon, unless Statham starts blowing away folks left and right.

“Safe” is not going to receive any awards.  You knew that.  But, as a mindless action flick with an extremely high body count, it works.  The usually stone-faced Statham actually emotes a bit here and there.  You kinda get a nice warm vibe right before he kills about 20 to 30 people.  Then, repeat.  Grade: C+