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Published on April 27th, 2012 | by Greg


Safe: Uncompromising Action

Ja­son Statham isn’t sub­tle. In his best roles, like those in the Trans­porter, Crank, or Lock, Stock and Two Smok­ing Bar­rels, he can be min­i­mal­ist, grace­ful, re­strained- but rarely sub­tle. And in his lat­est movie, it’s clear that the film was based around his abil­i­ties, lim­i­ta­tions, and it ends up work­ing out quite well for all in­volved- in­clud­ing the au­di­ence, who gets to see pre­cise­ly what they sign up for. The plot doesn’t make much sense, but the set­up is fun. The MacGuf­fin this time around is a Chi­nese girl with a knack for num­bers, high­ly sought af­ter by mul­ti­ple fac­tions since she is the on­ly one who has mem­o­rized a ridicu­lous­ly sil­ly but valu­able num­ber.

Make sure that you’re ready to set aside your dis­be­lief as you en­ter the movie ‘Safe’. Crooked cops take on Rus­sian mob­sters and Chi­nese tri­ads in a bat­tle to see who can sin­gle­hand­ed­ly bring New York to a halt with sheer gump­tion (not to men­tion plen­ty of vi­o­lence to by­standers). Sur­pris­ing­ly, you ac­tu­al­ly care about the two ma­jor char­ac­ters, and Statham’s Luke Wright has a de­cent back sto­ry built up, far more than is typ­i­cal or even nec­es­sary. And Mei (Cather­ine Chan) pulls off her de­but role like a champ, which makes it a com­pelling show. On the brink of sui­cide, Luke is a dead man walk­ing, ru­in­ing the lives of any­one he be­friends, when he comes across the girl on the run. Car chas­es and a par­tic­u­lar­ly ex­plo­sive scene in a ho­tel en­sue, and there are plen­ty of mo­ments where the au­di­ence can’t help but clap, cheer, or raise they eye­brows and moan “oooo” in uni­son.

Yes, there are some wood­en lines. But there are some fun­ny mo­ments as well, and some clever cin­e­matog­ra­phy. It’s an ac­tion film, not a trea­tise, and we didn’t come out feel­ing par­tic­u­lar­ly en­light­ened- but we cer­tain­ly en­joyed this fair­ly ‘Safe’ ride. In the­aters to­day, wide­ly.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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