Nick Schager Reviews Safe

Safe‘s primary contribution to the burgeoning Jason-Statham-kicks-everyone’s-ass subgenre is setting three of its set pieces in crowded New York City venues (a subway car, a hotel dining room, and a Chinatown nightclub) where shootouts lead to believable mass-exodus pandemonium. That touch, however, is the only realistic element in Boaz Yakin’s otherwise ludicrous—and ludicrously convoluted—actioner, which seems determined to confound from the outset via opening crosscutting between young math-genius Mei (Catherine Chan), who’s being used by organized criminals in Manhattan to keep their books the “old-school” way (i.e. in her head), and cage-fighter Luke (Statham), whose refusal to throw a fight leads to the Russian mafia killing his wife and making him homeless.

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