I tend to enjoy simple action films, a genre whose popularity spiked in the late eighties and early nineties with the influx of Hong Kong cinema stars like Jackie Chan and later Jet Li. Soon afterward, other countries started emulating that style of hard-hitting martial arts action into their films, the most notable probably being the French action piece The Transporter, which was the film that catapulted Statham to where he is now, kicking ass and taking names. I loved The Transporter , though it would be fair to say that product of Louis Leterrier and Luc Besson was likely Statham's most complex release to date. In recent years, Statham's titles have had the same ideas around them, most notably the actor as a one-man war machine, impervious to bullets, gravity, plot twists and general common sense. His 2011 efforts, The Mechanic and Killer Elite, were okay, but both lacked anything approaching an original concept. Really, the only difference I saw in Safe was that the actor was stripped of his big-name co-stars (Ben Foster in The Mechanic, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro in Killer Elite) in favor of young sidekick Catherine Chan. Still, getting the chance to see Statham knocking people's teeth in is too good a chance to pass up, and while I was waiting for The Avengers to arrive, it was good to take in a relatively simple action flick.
|He keeps this look on his face through the whole thing.|
|This won't end well...|
|He's got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one.|
|Jason Statham: killing ugly people since 1998.|
|Damn it feels good to be a gangsta.|