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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Tween's presence makes violent action movie more upsetting.

Movie R 2012 94 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Stereotypical racist comments

NYPD characters make unnecessary racist comments when referring to the Asian girl and the Chinese gang.

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Too much violence
age 15+

loved it :)

i'd describe this as transporter 4 considering what the premise is, but the fight scenes and shootouts and the car chase are cranked up to 13 in this badboy and much more exciting

Is It Any Good?

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Filmmaker Boaz Yakin's screenplay is taut and clever and might have been turned into a decent movie. He's created a new riff on the old Red Harvest/Yojimbo story of a lone stranger playing two warring families against one another, upping the stakes by adding a third group and the little girl character. But behind the camera, Yakin puts a great deal less thought into his story. He constantly makes the basest and most vulgar choices, starting with the horrible, shaky, nausea-inducing camerawork, which ruins the fight scenes.

Then there's a general queasy feeling you get watching poor little Catherine Chan involved in all these violent sequences, when, in real life, she wouldn't -- and shouldn't -- be allowed to see the finished film. Finally, Statham has chosen to cover up his usual English accent with a fake New York one, which serves to erase some of the charm that's usually associated with his characters. Overall, SAFE is terribly glum and resolutely average.

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