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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.

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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

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Boaz Yakin's plan as director was to recapture the energy of New York City that he remembered from films like The Warriors (1979), Death Wish (1974) and The Seven-Ups (1973). See more »

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The dead sneaker guy in the homeless shelter is still breathing - although he is supposed to be dead already. 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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Fable of the Flying Fairies
Written by Albert Fox (BMI)
Licensed by Arrangement with Mutato Muzika (BMI)
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Fast paced action, wrapped into a decent story.
11 June 2012 | by Oliver KukaSee all my reviews

Mei (Catherine Chan) is a little genius when it comes to numbers. She can remember everything and calculate anything in her mind. That's why she's very valuable for the Chinese Triads, who use her as a computer that can't be hacked or traced. One day, she's asked to memorize a long number and drive to another place to learn a different one. But the Russian mob steps in and assaults her ride, killing almost everyone. Mei can escape and this is when she meets Luke Wright (Jason Statham). Former elite cop, former small time MMA fighter, on the run from the Russian mob who lost a bunch of money for betting against him in a match and killed his wife in revenge. The will to protect this little girl gives him a new will to live, a drive to go on. And so they run away; away from the Triads, the mob and the corrupt NYPD, trying to figure out why everyone wants either those numbers or her death.

It's a bit of Mercury Puzzle and 16 Blocks. And despite my usual fears, the story did not turn cheesy due to the kid. But the girl didn't turn into an unrealistic bad ass as well. Also they did not develop a forced deep relationship between Luke and Mei, which would be unrealistic, considering that the story doesn't go that long. The film is featuring fast paced action, wrapped into a decent (though not great) story and is supported by good acting. Well, at least good acting from the leading characters, but the supporting ones weren't that bad as well, so you don't have to suffer from it. So overall, a quite enjoyable movie, which I would recommend to fans of story driven action movies and especially to all Statham fans.

Just for fun, let's check the Statham clichés. Shirtless? Yep, first time you see him in the movie. Car-chase? Of course. And when Mei was a bit concerned about his driving style, I was just waiting for a comeback from him that was like "Don't worry kid, I've been doing this for several movies now."


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