Safe 2012 Review: The action is crispy and smart

Mei, a young girl whose memory holds a priceless numerical code. Finds herself pursued by the Triads, the Russian mob, and corrupt NYC cops. Coming to her aid is an ex-cage fighter whose life was destroy by the gangsters on Mei’s trail.

It’s a Jason Statham action movie (phim hanh dong my) where the actor is once again seen paving his way to victory while sorting the good from the bad. So no prizes for guessing what lies in store: gun firing in loads and fist fights in aplenty. Add to that some Statham-ism and there’s no looking back. Now, how many actors do we have out there who pick up call girls in NYC, pay them plenty of that dollar, get an entry into a sizzling restaurant and ask them to leave immediately. Or for that matter, how many Medowlands (New Jersey) ex-fighters do we have dressed in an executive suit breaking tracheas of the bad guys. Statham fans, there’s enough of the suave in here.

But then, Jason Statham has competition in Safe (Mat Ma Song). And this competition is a pretty tough one for it comes from the little Catherine Chan. With hardly any dialogues (in English) to herself. Chan actually keeps you asking for more each time she (or Statham) are missing in action. In fact, it’s not just her computerised memory that helps her remember all important bank transactions in the Chinese world. It’s her ultimate understanding of the big bad biz world that takes you by surprise. Make sure you catch Catherine’s Mei calling the shots – in every way – in the last sequence.

Of course, the two (Jason Statham and Catherine) together make this gang war for the green bills in the bustling narrow bylanes of New York’s China Town worth a watch. The action, on the other hand, is crispy and smart. As for the storyline, guess it was always meant to tread on safe ground… Nothing that you have never seen before.

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