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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 destroyed by the gangsters on Mei's trail.

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Boaz Yakin

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Statham ... Luke Wright
Catherine Chan ... Mei
Robert John Burke ... Captain Wolf
James Hong ... Han Jiao
Anson Mount ... Alex Rosen
Chris Sarandon ... Mayor Tremello
Sándor Técsy Sándor Técsy ... Emile Docheski
Joseph Sikora ... Vassily Docheski
Igor Jijikine ... Chemyakin
Reggie Lee ... Quan Chang
James Colby ... Detective Mears
Matt O'Toole ... Detective Lasky
Jack Gwaltney ... Detective Reddick
Barry Bradford ... Detective Benoit
Jay Giannone Jay Giannone ... Detective Kolfax
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Storyline

In China, the girl Mei is a genius that looks like a computer in numbers. She is abducted by the Chinese Triads and the boss Han Jiao ends Mei to Chinatown, in New York, to help him in the control of his activities. Meanwhile, the fighter Luke Wright has his life destroyed when he wins a fight against the will of the Russian Mafia and accidentally kills his opponent. The Russian mobsters kill his wife and the alcoholic Luke wanders on the streets and hostels with no objective in life. One day, Han Jiao asks Mei to memorize a long number and soon the Russian Mafia abducts the girl from the Chinese mobs. She escapes from the mobsters and is chased by the Russians; by the corrupt detectives from the NYPD; and by the Triads. When Luke sees the girl fleeing from the Russian mobs in the subway, he protects the girl and discovers that the number she had memorized is the combination of a safe where the Triads keep 30 million dollars. Luke is an elite agent and uses his skills to protect the ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

She has the code. He is the key.

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence throughout, and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin | Russian

Release Date:

27 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El código del miedo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,892,539, 29 April 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,142,080

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,564,670
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IM Global,Lionsgate,Automatik See more »
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Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Boaz Yakin previously directed the 2003 film, Uptown Girls, a film which also deals with a troubled adult bonding with an intelligent child. See more »

Goofs

In the opening shot of the film when the train leaves the platform you can clearly see the camera man holding the camera and panning the camera in the reflection of the train window. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Emile Docheski: You're lying to me.
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Referenced in Movie Friends: Prashant Prabhakar (2013) See more »

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The editing is keen, with snazzy transitions, tricks to amp up the intensity of violence, and creative methods of boosting the body count.
26 April 2012 | by GoneWithTheTwinsSee all my reviews

Safe fulfills the expectations of modern thrillers with its breakneck pacing, over-the-top violence, and explosive action sequences. Don't let the numerous location changes within the film's opening few minutes fool you – there's little time wasted on lengthy introductions or complex motives as the tumultuous mayhem starts quickly and refuses to subside until the final frame. The brutal combat borders on the monotonous, but it also unflinchingly delivers what its audience wants to see, without stopping for development. While you'll likely guess who wins each round of warfare, clever moments of pandemonium and self-reflective humor arise from the maelstrom to reveal the film's slightly more insightful mindset on cathartic thrills. But then it's right back to Jason Statham shoving a fork in someone's throat.

11-year-old Mei (Catherine Chan) is abducted and forced to work for ruthless Chinese gangsters due to her extraordinary skills in memorization and mathematics. When Mei is given a numerical code to a safe containing 30 million dollars, the Triad, the Russian mafia, and corrupt New York officials all want her – dead or alive. Luckily for her, disgraced former cop Luke Wright (Jason Statham) happens upon the fleeing girl and rescues her. Determined to protect Mei, Wright launches a full-scale war against the criminal leaders and their vast armies of merciless killers.

Laudation goes to this film for knowing exactly what it is and not attempting anything out of its reach, hiding behind underdeveloped themes, or muddling genres. It doesn't waste time with Luke's history, in-depth personality traits, supporting people in his life, or even the visuals of his wife. In a matter of seconds, he's a lone wolf with nothing left to live for. He's the only honest cop in Manhattan, has a soft spot for victims of social injustice, and can kick some ass like a one-man army – all qualities that make him incompatible with comrades, the authorities, and villainy. In a world where everyone is corrupt and out to get him, Luke must battle Russian thugs, Chinese gangsters, police, politicians, and even pickpockets, armed quite heavily with martial arts skills, muscles (as evidenced by the very first scene he's in, sans shirt), an arsenal of random guns picked up along the way, and a salvo of hilariously macho catch phrases.

The editing is keen, with snazzy transitions, tricks to amp up the intensity of violence, and creative methods of boosting the body count. There's plenty of chaos for the sake of spectacle, and although boomingly extravagant, it's never augmented by the annoying shaky cam. The bad guys get it good and go through the obligatory merciless errands to deserve it. The climax is the highlight, with surprisingly unexpected bluster arising from the least likely route of commotion. Always aware of how generic action movies play out, Safe goes against the grain to deliver unique stunts, unpredictable showdowns, and unanticipated fun. It's a brisk 94 minutes that keeps the punches coming – in a guilty pleasure, mindless action/adventure variety.

  • The Massie Twins (GoneWithTheTwins.com)


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