So, yeah… I reviewed “Safe” and while it wasn’t an AMAZING film, it was a nice reminder that Jason Statham really is this generation’s version of Chuck Norris, Jeane-Claude Van Damme, and every other action hero who starred in dozens of films that were basically the same, but were still awesome because they featured a lot of him kicking, punching, and otherwise pummeling bad guys in various settings. (And I write that with the most positive, wonderfully nostalgic love for those actors and their films.)
Here’s an excerpt from my review:
To their credit, many of the films Statham has appeared in have succeeded on more than just his presence, and offered a mix of fun stories, clever plot devices, and memorable set pieces to go along with their star’s particular brand of action hero. Safe doesn’t exactly raise the bar for any of those elements, but in neglecting to do so, it reminds its audience of two important facts: first, that the best action heroes don’t need those elements to put on a great show; and second, that Jason Statham is a damn fine action hero.
Safe does a smart job of playing to Statham’s strengths in its action sequences. His characters are traditionally bull-terrier types, with reflexes quicker than his solid frame suggests and a temperament that makes him unable to retreat once he’s pushed (often reluctantly) into action. There’s a good reason why his most memorable fight scenes tend to unfold in warehouses and garages, as his characters always give off a distinctly blue-collar vibe (even when he’s wearing a fancy suit), and always seem comfortable slugging it out amid the grime and cement.
You can read the rest of the review at DigitalTrends.com.