He may stay comfortably in the action genre, but Jason Statham works harder than many colleagues. Originally set for a fall release, his upcoming action film Safe, was moved to next year just because there were so many other Statham flicks around the same time. Blitz and 13 hit straight-to-video here and his Robert De Niro/Clive Owen thriller Killer Elite debuted just a few months ago.
For Safe, Statham teams up with Remember the Titans director Boaz Yakin for what looks to at least be a step above this year’s banal remake of The Mechanic. I just wish Statham would return to some roles like in his early Guy Ritchie days or even something like The Bank Job, but that may be too much to ask. Check out the trailer below via Yahoo and one can also see Statham in The Expendables 2 and Parker next year.
A second-rate cage fighter on the mixed martial arts circuit, Luke Wright lives a numbing life of routine beatings and chump change… until the day he blows a rigged fight. Wanting to make an example of him, the Russian Mafia murders his family and banishes him from his life forever, leaving Luke to wander the streets of New York destitute, haunted by guilt, and tormented by the knowledge that he will always be watched, and anyone he develops a relationship with will also be killed.
But when he witnesses a frightened twelve-year-old Chinese girl, Mei, being pursued by the same gangsters who killed his wife, Luke impulsively jumps to actionÂ and straight into the heart of a deadly high-stakes war. Mei, he discovers, is no ordinary girl, but an orphaned math prodigy forced to work for the Triads as a “counter.” He discovers she holds in her memory a priceless numerical code that the Triads, the Russian mob and a corrupt faction of the NYPD will kill for.
Realizing he’s the only person Mei can trust, Luke tears a swath through the city’s brutal underworld to save an innocent girl’s life and perhaps even redeem his own.
Safe hits theaters March 2nd, 2012.
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