While I can't quite conform to the view that Safe is one of Statham's best action vehicles, Boaz Yakin's film definitely at least maintains The Stath's usual standards - not least due to the involvement of 87Eleven, with Chad Stahelski directing the second unit.
Statham is often derided for the roteness of his films, but to his credit there is almost always a higher degree of intelligence or novelty in his projects than is usual for action stars. In Safe, the emphasis is on the sheer bleakness of the hero's situation, and the complex relations of New York's criminal factions.
The action is well-choreographed but edited a little too judiciously - 87Eleven would have more success with Statham on Parker in 2013. The film's biggest weakness is probably its supporting cast, because while these grizzled cops and criminals look the part, their performances leave a bit to be desired.
A very watchable mid-tier Statham vehicle.