In 1998, there was a pretty crappy Bruce Willis actioner by the name of 'Mercury Rising' that followed an exiled FBI agent (Willis) who takes it upon himself to protect a young Autistic boy from numerous nameless assassins after he cracks a highly-secure government code. 'Safe' is the 2012 version of 'Mercury Rising', substituting action and swear words for the barely detectable heart of its predecessor. What were producers Lawrence Bender, who has produced all of Tarentino's masterpieces, and Kevin Spacey, who has been tied to some of the best movies of my generation, thinking when they agreed to make 'Safe'?!
Jason Statham plays Bruce Willis, I mean Luke Wright, a tormented former NYPD detective and now undercard MMA fighter in New Jersey (what a backstory). Wright is such a great fighter with obvious skeletons in his closet that he accidentally kills his latest opponent with one punch after taking a self-imposed beating during a fight he was supposed to throw anyway. His victory has cost a lot of people a lot of money, namely a Russian mob boss who wants his payment. The boss's son kills Luke's wife and unborn child, but leaves him unscathed to roam New York City's homeless shelters in anguish, urging him to kill himself. Interestingly enough, you also find out (all through expository dialogue) that his old police friends don't like Luke's return to the Big Apple either. For whatever reason, they kidnap him, beat him up, and again, urge Wright to commit suicide.
Perhaps I'm being hard on 'Safe'; I just saw no reason for this one to be made. Sorry Lawrence Bender. 'Safe' opens in theaters today, April 27th.