As with most of Jason Statham’s movies what you get in Safe is nothing new. Tough dude protects little girl, some organized crime and dirty cops are involved. You’ve seen this movie many times over, but luckily no one goes to Jason Statham movies for originality, and if you say you do, you’re a goddamn liar. What people do go for is the ridiculous action, there was a bit of that, though not as much as I’d have liked, but I can’t complain a lot when somebody gets German suplexed through a table. As far as Statham movies go this one was pretty tame, almost ho-hum, it felt like it took forever to get going too. I’m all for the buildup of a movie, if it’s needed, but with these dumb action flicks you expect thin plot, lots of fights. What we got was what seemed like two hours of setup, and average action. Even the big show down at the end got totally screwed, though I suspect that is in large part due to the fact that as much as they’d like to push it Jason Statham isn’t really a fighter who can pull off a good long awesome fight. My biggest problem with this movie is the absolute shit directing. I don’t know who told Boaz Yakin he could direct action, but they fucking lied to everybody. Between the needless camera shakes and the completely arbitrary quick zooms it was hard to tell whatever the hell was even going on. Add to that the ‘cool’ trick shots he tried to do, like the shot from a car’s rearview mirror, and didn’t have the talent to pull off, you’ve got a movie that makes it’s really hard to not be distracted by everything while you’re watching it. As far as action movies go though, even with all of the flaws in ‘Safe’ it was pretty entertaining, and I mean that marginally. If you’re going to check this one out I’d wait till it’s on TV for free.
Posted on April 28, 2012 by Uncle Critic