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Safe | 2012 | R | - 0.8.6

Jason Statham stars as a man with a dark past, suffering from guilt. When his wife is murdered, he becomes homeless and wanders the streets until one day he encounters a 12-year-old girl (Catherine Chan) hiding from Russian thugs. When he takes them on to protect her, he doesn't know just how deeply involved he will become. Also with Chris Sarandon, Anson Mount, James Hong, Reggie Lee, Robert John Burke, Sándor Técsy and Joseph Sikora. Directed by Boaz Yakin. [1:35]

SEX/NUDITY 0 - A man talks about a woman he just murdered and says that she was "eating for two."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A man stabs another man in the throat with a fork, other men open fire on the man, the man shoots two of the men through a table and takes one man to a car where he slams his head into the dashboard twice (we see blood on his face). A man stabs another man in the neck with a pen, shoot several other men and breaks another man's neck (we hear a crunch) while a girl watches. A man shoots a lock on a door and his hands are burned by something (we see his burned flesh and he screams until another man shoots him in the head; we see the bloody bullet hole). A man shoots three men and blood splatters and sprays from their wounds; one man is shown still alive with a bloody shoulder wound. A man is shot, blood smears on the wall behind him and he falls down a flight of stairs. A man shoots several gunmen in a crowded restaurant and fights several others, causing the people in the restaurant to run and scream. A man fights several men in a crowded subway car with head-butts, punches and kicks; one man is flipped over and onto the ground, one man's arm is broken (we hear a crack) and one man's face is slammed into a seat (we see he has a bloody nose) before he is shot in the head (we do not see the impact but we see a bloody bullet hole in his head as the gunman searches his pockets).
 A woman is shot in the head as she talks to a girl and the gunman then presses the gun against the girl's face. A girl is forced to watch three men beat and kick a man repeatedly (we se blood on the man's mouth and he yells) until another man shoots him.
 A man hits a bouncer and enters a crowded club with several other armed men, who shoot into the air causing people to scatter and scream while other men open fire: we see several men struck with bullets and blood sprays on walls and a sheet hanging from the ceiling; the men enter a casino area and open fire on the occupants, who fire back and we see people struck and blood sprays.
 Several men beat a man with punches and kicks, one man pulls out a gun and another man tells him to put it away. A man hits another man with his gun. A woman in a hospital room punches a man in the face and yells at him, threatening to kill him; we see another man wrapped in bandages lying unconscious in a bed and understand that he is in a coma (we understand that the man being punched caused the other man's injuries). A man punches another man in the face (we see blood on his nose) and the injured man yells at him. A man head-butts a man and punches another man when they approach him. A man hits two police officers and steals their car (we hear later that one officer's trachea was broken); he reverses into several men shooting at him and then hits another man as he speeds away. A man car jacks a man's car, and pulls him out of the driver's seat and onto the street. A man holds a girl around the neck and points a gun to her head.
 Explosives are detonated on a door and a man inside the room is shot by other men. A man shoots several men in a car (we see bullet holes in their clothing). A man with a gun threatens a woman at a reception desk in a hotel; an armed security guard calls out for the man to drop his weapon, the security guard is shot (we see blood on his chest), another man is shot and falls back through a glass door and several men open fire on other security guards as people in the hotel run screaming. A man is shot in the leg twice (blood sprays) and he is then shot repeatedly in the chest (we see bloody bullet holes in his chest). Armed police surround a hotel, armed men inside the hotel open fire on the police and we see several officers struck (no blood is shown). A man pushes another man through a window and crashes down on top of him on the street below (we see the first man dead with a lot of blood in his mouth). A police officer is shot in the back.
 Police officers open fire on a car with several men inside. A car T-bones another car, the people inside the car that is struck are shot and each person flinches from the impact; one man inside the car holds a gun on a girl, and he is shot before he pulls the trigger and the girl is taken away. Men in a car shoot at and chase another man and a girl in a car, they swerve through traffic, drive down a one-way street the wrong direction and the trailing car crashes into a bus.
 A man pulls back covers on another man in a homeless shelter and we see that the man's throat has been slit (we see blood on the throat wound). We see a man's badly scabbed feet and another man tells him that gangrene is setting in. A man is shown bound in the trunk of a car, we see that he has a bloody nose and cheek and another man tapes his mouth.
 A man enters a room in his home and backs out slowly looking upset (we do not see inside the room); he is followed by several men with guns and he kneels on the floor as they talk about having killed his wife in the other room, one of the men says, "I'm sorry it was so messy" and a man threatens the kneeling man and tells him that they will kill anyone he becomes close to.
 A man runs alongside a moving subway train, jumps on the back, tries to break the glass to get inside, climbs on top of the car, walks along and jumps down between two cars where he can get inside. A girl on a street is grabbed by a man and put in a car (we hear her scream). A man tries to get into a homeless shelter and security guards hold him back. Several armed men in a room point their guns toward a door where we hear police shouting on the other side. A man in a subway stands close to the edge and contemplates suicide. A girl climbs down a drainpipe on the outside of a building, falls to the ground and runs away. A girl walks through a subway station, she appears frightened and hides behind a columns as a group of men search for her.
 A man vomits and we hear gagging and see a bit of saliva trailing from his mouth.
 A girl is questioned by a man and he threatens to harm her if she doesn't tell him what he wants to know. A man threatens to kill a girl's mother. A man tells another man to "kill her mother." A man threatens another man's son and the man says, "What do I care... kill him." A man threatens another man's family. A man in a homeless shelter threatens to "chew your feet off" if another man takes his shoes. A man yells at another man and tells him, "You put him in a coma." A man tells another man, "You broke his trachea." A man makes a racial remark to another man about a Chinese girl saying that "They all look alike to me." A man makes a comment about "When the towers fell." We hear that a girl's father left her and her mother when the girl was very young and that her mother is very ill.


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LANGUAGE 6 - About 13 F-words and its derivatives, 12 scatological terms, 10 anatomical terms, 16 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for Chinese, name-calling (liar, garbage, garbage man, stupid girl, idiot, dog, stupid, greedy, crazy man, deadly ghost, sleaze bucket, cow), exclamations (shut up), 2 religious profanities, 3 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks alcohol from a flask in a couple of scenes, a man drinks a beer, and people are shown with glasses of wine and champagne in a restaurant.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Gifted children, fixed fights, bribery, police corruption, blackmail, murder of a loved one, guilt, 9/11, atonement.

MESSAGE - It's sometimes hard to tell who are the good guys and who are the bad guys.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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