Thursday, May 10, 2012
Man on Film: Safe
Going into Safe, the latest Boaz Yakin joint (director of Remember the Titans and four other films I've never heard of), the hope was that it would be a balls-to-the-wall Jason Statham star vehicle putting his many talents to use. While the smart-ass tough guy that we know and love is obviously present, it feels as though his physicality isn't utilized as fully as it could be. Maybe this is a byproduct of Rambo ruination, but Statham can and should be kicking all kinds of ass for the entirety of every movie he's in.
In Safe, he does kick a lot of ass. I don't mean to sell Yakin short. Safe has about as much action as one might expect. Jason Statham tosses a slew of guys around, shoots a bunch more, takes a licking, and keeps on ticking. In the end, though, it seems as though this never gets past the run-of-the-mill action flick. You don't hate it while you're sitting there. You go along for the ride willingly, chuckle along with his wise-cracking, take glee in his obliteration of every crooked bastard in his path, and forget nearly everything you saw within minutes of leaving the theater.