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"SAFE"
(2012) (Jason Statham, Catherine Chan) (R)


Alcohol/Drugs Moderate
Blood/Gross Stuff Extreme
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons Extreme
Imitative Behavior Extreme
Jump Scenes Mild
Music (Scary/Tense) Extreme
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Moderate
Smoking Mild
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Action: A former cop turned cage fighter goes out of his way to protect a young math prodigy from all of the bad guys who want the highly lucrative and memorized number that she has in her head.
PLOT:
Luke Wright (JASON STATHAM) was once a cop hired by Mayor Tramello (CHRIS SARANDON) to clean up the streets of New York in a covert but particularly violent fashion. But after he ratted out other cops, much to their anger, he turned to professional cage fighting. But when a bout went wrong and Russian mobster Emile Docheski (SANDOR TECSY) lost a lot of money, the gangster has his son, Vassily (JOSEPH SIKORA), and other goons get revenge. Instead of killing him, however, they murdered his wife and warned that they'd similarly kill anyone he befriended in the future.

Now suicidal, Luke nearly jumps in front of a subway train but is distracted by the sight of 11-year-old Mei (CATHERINE CHAN) obviously trying to elude some Russian thugs. Sensing the need to protect her, he fights off the bad guys who wanted her for what's in her head. A math prodigy, she was kidnapped by men working for Chinese Triad leader Han Jiao (JAMES HONG) who distrusts any modern technology for keeping information safe. Accordingly, he had her memorize a long series of numbers and sent her to New York's Chinatown under the protection of Quan Chang (REGGIE LEE).

It seems everyone wants that number, including the Russians, the Chinese and New York's "finest," including Captain Wolf (ROBERT JOHN BURKE), Detective Lasky (MATT O'TOOLE) and Luke's former counterpart, Alex Rosen (ANSON MOUNT). Believing that she saved his life, Luke then does whatever he must to protect her, all while figuring out the significance of the numbers inside her head.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of Statham and his brand of hard-hitting action films, they just might.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For strong violence throughout, and for language.


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