Today we have a new 60-second spot for Safe, the latest Jason Statham action movie vehicle which once again features the pro athlete-turned-action-star kicking heads and dodging gunfire.
This time the action is set in New York City, as Statham finds himself on the rabbit’s end of a nonstop steeple chase through the city, trying to stay one step ahead of two warring gangs, cops both honest and crooked, shady government agents – all who want the code that Statham’s young companion has locked inside her brilliant mind.
Check out the latest TV trailer for Safe, followed by a more detailed synopsis of the film’s plot, below:
A second-rate cage fighter on the mixed martial arts circuit, Luke Wright lives a numbing life of routine beatings and chump change…until the day he blows a rigged fight. Wanting to make an example of him, the Russian Mafia murders his family and banishes him from his life forever, leaving Luke to wander the streets of New York destitute, haunted by guilt, and tormented by the knowledge that he will always be watched, and anyone he develops a relationship with will also be killed.
But when he witnesses a frightened twelve-year-old Chinese girl, Mei, being pursued by the same gangsters who killed his wife, Luke impulsively jumps to action…and straight into the heart of a deadly high-stakes war. Mei, he discovers, is no ordinary girl, but an orphaned math prodigy forced to work for the Triads as a “counter.” He discovers she holds in her memory a priceless numerical code that the Triads, the Russian mob and a corrupt faction of the NYPD will kill for.
Realizing he’s the only person Mei can trust, Luke tears a swath through the city’s brutal underworld to save an innocent girl’s life…and perhaps even redeem his own.
To confess, I’ve already been to a screening of Safe, and while my opinion is being held strictly in check until review time, for action fans wondering whether or not this particular Statham flick is worth a watch, I do have this to say: The Expendables (which also stars Statham) likes to tout itself as an 80s/90s action movie throwback, but director Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans) deserves to have that tagline in front of Safe as well. Aside from a few modern camera tricks, this movie pays homage to those enjoyable all-in-one-night 80s/90s flicks like Quick Change or Blind Date – only, you know, with the insane action of something like The Transporter.
Find out for yourself if the film is up your alley, when Safe hits theaters on April 27, 2012. And be sure to check back then for our official review.
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