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Safe Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

Blammo! Read full review

3.0

Grae Drake Profile

Don't mess with perfection! Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    55

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Though Safe initially seems a little darker and more thoughtful than the British star's previous comic-book escapades in "Death Race," "The Expendables" or the "Transporter" trilogy, it ultimately reverts to testosterone-heavy formula.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Safe has more action than intrigue (or logic), and it's boilerplate vicious. It may satisfy Statham's fans, but they - like he - would do well to enlarge their expectations.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Boaz Yakin's slick direction, marked by quick cuts, unstinting energy and a lack of sentimentality, makes the action scenes satisfying. But he's a better director than writer.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 17+

Tween's presence makes violent action movie more upsetting.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Safe would be a pretty standard Jason Statham action movie if not for the fact that a 12-year-old girl is present for the movie's dozens of brutal beatings, shootings, and killings -- none of which result in any real consequences for the "good guys." Language isn't constant but does include strong words like "f--k" and "s--t," as well as some racial slurs and cultural stereotyping. The main character seems to have a drinking problem during the first half of the movie, but he's easily able to give it up as the action increases.

  • Families can talk about Safe's violence. Is it harder to take given the presence of 12-year-old Mei? Does it have more impact than superhero-style action violence? Why or why not?
  • Did you notice any stereotypes in the movie? Why do filmmakers fall back on that kind of storytelling/characterization?
  • Can Luke be considered a role model in this movie? How does this role compare to Statham's usual image as an action star?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The main character finds a new lease on life when he learns to care for and protect a young girl. He sees her as a person, whereas other characters are simply after her extraordinary math skills. Unfortunately, in his journey, he kills dozens of men without consequence. There's also some cultural stereotyping, and a character momentarily considers suicide.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The main character has only one worthwhile attribute: He protects a young girl. Otherwise, he's destructive, violent, and cynical. All of the other adults in Safe constantly put the girl in danger.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: The violence would be on par with other action movies except for the fact that a 12-year-old girl witnesses dozens of brutal beatings, shootings, and killings and is herself very often in danger. She even picks up a gun herself to shoot a bad guy. The main character used to be a cop and is now a cage fighter.

  • sex false0

    Sex: The main character's wife is killed off screen during the first few minutes of the movie, and viewers never see them together. No sex talk or innuendo, either.

  • language false4

    Language: Several uses of "f--k," plus sporadic uses of "a--hole," "son of a bitch," "s--t," "damn," "hell," "scum bag," "goddamn," "d--k," and "balls." "Chink" is used as a racial slur.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: An iPhone is used prominently but not mentioned by name. A package of M&Ms is visible in the background in a hotel mini-bar.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main character seems to have a drinking problem during a down-and-out period -- he keeps sneaking drinks from a flask. But as the action increases, his drinking stops. Other characters are seen drinking socially in bars. The mayor drinks whisky in his office.

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