Safe (15)

Boaz Yakin, 94mins. Starring: Jason Statham, Catherine Chan

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Jason Statham spends the first 15 minutes of his latest action thriller being pushed around, beaten up and so thoroughly dissed that you can guarantee, sooner or later, somebody's going to pay for it.

As one Luke Wright, his backstory is a bit confusing – he goes swiftly from cage-fighter to street bum, then reveals his deadly moves as an ex-government agent.

On the verge of killing himself, Wright decides instead to save the life of an 11-year-old Chinese girl, Mei (Catherine Chan), a numbers whizz whose talent is brutally exploited by Russian mobsters and Triads as they carve up the New York underworld.

Throw in corrupt cops and a dodgy mayor and you've got a pretty crowded house, which Statham proceeds to trash with fists, firepower and flying high-kicks.

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