Safe

Jason Statham  Actor Catherine Chan  Actor Robert John Burke  Actor James Hong  Actor Anson Mount  Actor Chris Sarandon  Actor

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Contains:Violence,Profanity

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Safe

Theatrical Release Date: 2012 04 27 (USA)

UPC: 031398156246

Studio: Lionsgate

MPAA Rating: R   Contains:[Violence, Profanity]

Summary: A suicidal New Jersey cage fighter protects a young Chinese math prodigy from Triads, Russian gangsters, and corrupt cops in this action thriller from producer Lawrence Bender (Pulp Fiction) and writer/director Boaz Yakin (Fresh, A Price Above Rubies). Ten-year-old Mei (Catherine Chan) is a genuine numbers wizard from Nanjing. Unfortunately, her unusual proficiency in mathematics has made her the target of Triad boss Han Jaio (James Hong), who abducts the young girl from her home and sends her to America to help keep his underhanded business dealings a well-guarded secret. Mei has the ability to store a virtual library of financial information in her head, and by having the young girl as his personal bookkeeper, Han is able to operate without fear of being implicated by a telling paper trail. Meanwhile, as Mei follows her new "father" Chang (Reggie Lee) on his many extortion outings, Luke Wright (Jason Statham) takes flight from the Russian mafia after botching a fixed fight and seeing his wife murdered in retribution. Mei's and Luke's fates collide, however, when, soon after Han Jiao makes the trip to America to give the young girl a secret number, the fallen fighter witnesses her fleeing from Russian gangsters just as he is about to take his own life. At that moment, Luke pulls himself back from the brink and decides to take action. But now Luke's death wish may come true sooner than he anticipated; not only are the Triads and the Russians determined to get that number by any means necessary, but corrupt NYPD captain Wolf (Robert John Burke) is hell-bent on beating them to it -- and has the power of the law on his side. As day turns to night, Luke realizes that his time is quickly running out. Perhaps if Luke can save Mei, he will have finally taken the first crucial steps down the road to redemption and toward a new life where he won't have to fight in order to survive. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Category: Crime

Features: Writer/Director Commentary
Cracking Safe
Criminal Battleground
The Art of the Gunfight

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Safe

Format: DVD

Release Date: 09/04/2012

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Cinemascope

Audio: DD-EX Dolby Digital Surround EX (simulated 6.1)

Runtime: 95 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English

Subtitles: English,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- Safe
1. Backgrounds [4:42]
2. Passing The Test [2:07]
3. Luke's World Ends [3:07]
4. Learning The Business [4:05]
5. New Shoes [3:48]
6. The Number [2:55]
7. Kidnapped [3:22]
8. The Extent of the Corruption [5:20]
9. Subway Chase [6:02]
10. "Are You Crazy, Man?" [4:38]
11. A Nice Hotel [4:21]
12. Room 1012 [2:54]
13. Mass Exodus [6:02]
14. The Mayor [2:49]
15. Playing Their Parts [3:43]
16. Two Safes [2:54]
17. Getting The Band Back Together [5:03]
18. Walk In With Guns Blazing [3:51]
19. Safe Cracking [3:37]
20. One More Deal [2:17]
21. The Disk [3:05]
22. The Exchange [3:28]
23. Tying Up Loose Ends [2:45]
24. End Credits [7:23]

Cammila Collar

On the Jason Statham spectrum of bonkers action movies, Safe is not an exercise in pure craziness like The Transporter or Crank. But the picture is a solid, entertaining, well-paced popcorn flick with plenty of good action sequences and satisfying fight choreography. What's more, despite employing an easy-to-mess-up premise involving the most volatile of plot devices (i.e., a child), a film that never strives to be particularly artful or sophisticated still manages to avoid such annoying clichés as saccharine cuteness and smart-aleck one-liners.

Statham plays Luke Wright, a former elite, badass NYC cop, who was ousted from the force and nearly killed for exposing that his corrupt comrades were playing both sides of a feud between the Russian and Chinese mafias. He's now the best-looking homeless guy in New York, and having lost his job, wife, and home, he's considering tossing himself in front of a subway train when he spies a ten-year-old Chinese girl ducking an intimidating collection of thugs who just happen to be speaking Russian. Before he knows it, Luke's MMA-style skills are all coming back to him as he rescues the girl from their clutches and embarks on a 1000-bullet mission all over the city, first in the name of protecting an innocent child, and as the plot unfolds, in the name of taking down both crime syndicates and the dirty cops who screwed him over in an ass-kicking expedition that goes all the way to the mayor's office.

Director Boaz Yakin knows better than to think he's helming The Professional here. What he's got is a talented and charismatic action lead and a script that follows a proud tradition of enjoyable B-movie fare. What Yakin does with these materials is craft his film with the utmost competence and efficiency, never allowing the pacing to slow down, the mood to get campy, or the plot to get convoluted. Safe lives up to its name in more ways than the script alludes to, as the title refers not just to the elements of the story, but to what action fans looking for a night's entertainment can expect: a safe bet. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Kevin Spacey  Executive Producer 
Lawrence Bender  Producer 
Mark Mothersbaugh  Composer (Music Score) 
Boaz Yakin  Director 
Boaz Yakin  Screenwriter 
Deepak Nayar  Executive Producer 
Dana Brunetti  Producer 
Stuart Ford  Executive Producer 
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones  Executive Producer 
Jason Statham  Actor 
Catherine Chan  Actor 
Robert John Burke  Actor 
James Hong  Actor 
Anson Mount  Actor 
Chris Sarandon  Actor 
Sandor Tecsy  Actor 
Joseph Sikora  Actor 
Igor Jijikine  Actor 
Reggie Lee  Actor 
James Colby  Actor 
Matt O'Toole  Actor 
Jack Gwaltney  Actor 
Barry D. Bradford  Actor 
Jay Giannone  Actor 
James Tolbert III  Actor 
Danni Lang  Actor 
Julian Marzal  Actor 
Scott Nicholson  Actor 
Kathy Ann Zhang  Actor 
Byron Zheng  Actor 
Lyman Chen  Actor 
Howie Brown  Actor 
Nicolas Marti-Salgado  Actor 
Danny Hoch  Actor 
Suzanne Savoy  Actor 
Dan McCabe  Actor 
John Wooten  Actor 
Brian Anthony Wilson  Actor 
Victor Pagan  Actor 
Henry Kwan  Actor 
Marvina Vinique  Actor 
Jennifer Skyler  Actor 
Kate Rogal  Actor 
Tony Cheng  Actor 
Dmitriy Kojevnikov  Actor 
Oksana Lada  Actor 
Al Kao  Actor 
John Cenatiempo  Actor 
Danny Shea  Actor 
George G. Colucci  Actor 
Matt Dellapina  Actor 
Stephen Oyoung  Actor 
Tim Carr  Actor 
Daoud Heidami  Actor 
Ben Sinclair  Actor 
Oleg Ivanov  Actor 
Zun Lin  Actor 
Alexander Kogan  Actor 
Laurence Covington  Actor 

Country: USA