27rdp_safe_span-thumbstandard A former cage fighter comes to the aid of a 12-year-old girl kidnapped by ruthless Triad gangsters. Before the rescue is over, the pair will go up against not only her abductors, but also the Russian Mafia and a bunch of corrupt New York cops.
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NYT Review
In “Safe," Jason Statham plays a mixed-martial-arts fighter whose wife is murdered by the Russian mafia after he won’t throw a fight. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 57%
Critics' score: 57   Audience score: 61   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

The occasional efficient action sequence means that 'Safe' never gets truly dull, but even Statham aficionados might feel short- changed by this one. full review

Tom Huddleston, Time Out

The thoroughly mediocre Safe provides little more than an excuse for Statham to do what Statham does better than anyone else: look stern while punishing bad guys. That's just not enough. full review

Ian Buckwalter, The Atlantic

It's like another "Transporter'' installment trying to be something slightly more - and not quite delivering the goods. full review

Tom Russo, Boston Globe

Despite some impressively gritty street-level action, Safe plays it far too safe. full review

Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

Yeah, "Safe" is a long way from perfect. But rented, in a few months, it'll go great with a six-pack and a hold-the-anchovies special. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

The plot first strains and then assassinates credulity, while Yakin's handling of the action/mayhem runs the gamut from the merely dull to what-the-hell's-going-on. full review

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

This whip-smart, brutally funny and gleefully nasty film is one of the year's best surprises. full review

Rafer Guzman, Newsday

There are zero surprises, but it looks good, moves well through a trim running time and wields its cliches with defiant aplomb. full review

Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post

Barrels through cliche after cliche and hurdles from borough to borough with a welcome abandon for logic, morality, and mortality alike. full review

William Goss,

Yakin's slick direction, marked by quick cuts, unstinting energy and a lack of sentimentality, makes the action scenes satisfying. But he's a better director than writer. full review

Claudia Puig, USA Today

If only someone would offer this actor a project worthy of the full range of his talent. full review

Andy Webster, New York Times

None of this bears much or any resemblance to the real world, but the violence crunches, the editing snaps and the humorous one-liners pop at well-timed junctures. full review

Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle

The trouble with Safe is that you know where it's going every step of the way. full review

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

It's hard to imagine a die-hard action fan being disappointed. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

Yakin gives his star plenty of room to look mean, think fast, drive faster, punch, quip, mow down and charismatically bond with the most imperiled child character in screen memory. full review

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

It's not just laziness - although it's a fair cop - that prompts the observation that Safe is both the worst movie title and attitude for Jason Statham at this stage of his career. full review

Peter Howell, Toronto Star

Held on the shelf for a while until the marquee was (briefly) clear of action dramas, "Safe" arrives filled with bombast and sneers but barely any thrills. full review

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

Let the bullets fly. Let the bodies fall. Let a man who was grieving and suicidal rise up and wreak rough justice. And boy is it rough. And ever so satisfying. full review

Soren Anderson, Seattle Times

From its implacable hero and thoroughgoing cynicism to its electrified pace and fairytale conclusion, "Safe" is both a slavish imitation of cinema gone by and a movie for our time. full review

Andrew O'Hehir,

Yakin, who wrote and directed the film, keeps things moving with ever-inventive ways to kill and maim. full review

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
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