A former operative must rescue a kidnapped Chinese girl.
" Deadened by milquetoast characters, uninspired landscape photography, and no perceptible stakes. "
" "Gambit" is a trans-Atlantic delivery of "meh." "
" It's like another "Transporter'' installment trying to be something slightly more - and not quite delivering the goods. "
" Held on the shelf for a while until the marquee was (briefly) clear of action dramas, "Safe" arrives filled with bombast and sneers but barely any thrills. "
" 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. "
" Barrels through cliche after cliche and hurdles from borough to borough with a welcome abandon for logic, morality, and mortality alike. "
" If only someone would offer this actor a project worthy of the full range of his talent. "
" The trouble with Safe is that you know where it's going every step of the way. "
" The plot first strains and then assassinates credulity, while Yakin's handling of the action/mayhem runs the gamut from the merely dull to what-the-hell's-going-on. "
" None of this bears much or any resemblance to the real world, but the violence crunches, the editing snaps and the humorous one-liners pop at well-timed junctures. "
" Yakin gives his star plenty of room to look mean, think fast, drive faster, punch, quip, mow down and charismatically bond with the most imperiled child character in screen memory. "
" The occasional efficient action sequence means that 'Safe' never gets truly dull, but even Statham aficionados might feel short- changed by this one. "
" It's not just laziness - although it's a fair cop - that prompts the observation that Safe is both the worst movie title and attitude for Jason Statham at this stage of his career. "
" The thoroughly mediocre Safe provides little more than an excuse for Statham to do what Statham does better than anyone else: look stern while punishing bad guys. That's just not enough. "
" Safe winds up being a B-movie with A-movie credentials, and all the more entertaining for it. "
" Let the bullets fly. Let the bodies fall. Let a man who was grieving and suicidal rise up and wreak rough justice. And boy is it rough. And ever so satisfying. "
" Sorcery meets swordplay in powerful low-budget horror movie. "
" This whip-smart, brutally funny and gleefully nasty film is one of the year's best surprises. "
" Yeah, "Safe" is a long way from perfect. But rented, in a few months, it'll go great with a six-pack and a hold-the-anchovies special. "
" It's hard to imagine a die-hard action fan being disappointed. "
" There are zero surprises, but it looks good, moves well through a trim running time and wields its cliches with defiant aplomb. "
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