Professional tough guy Jason Statham’s new film SAFE — new to DVD, Blu-ray and digital this week — is not a very good movie. But it’s not a bad one either, and it illustrates nicely the many reasons that Statham is the best action movie star working today.

In Safe, Staham plays Luke Wright, a mobbed-up punching bag on the mixed martial arts circuit. When Luke makes a costly mistake in a rigged fight, the Russian Mafia kills his family and hands down a baroque punishment: Luke will be watched for the rest of his life, and anyone he befriends will also be killed. Russian mobsters — what can you do?

Meanwhile, we meet 11-year-old Chinese math prodigy Mei (Catherine Chan), who has been kidnapped by New York City’s criminal Triads to serve as their “counter.” Mei can track numbers better than any computer, and she doesn’t leave any paper trails.

Will Luke and Mei team up? Will Luke’s mysterious past come into play? Will Mei offer him a road to redemption?

Safe is predictable in its broad strokes, but that’s part of the deal with movies like this and director Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans) has some fun playing with the form. First off, he avoids any cheap sentimentality between Luke and Mei. Safe is reminiscent at times of Luc Besson’s French thriller The Professional, which featured a similar relationship between Jean Reno and a young Natalie Portman.

Yakin also strips the action story down to its chassis — this movie is built for speed. After the initial exposition, Safe is essentially one long chase sequence as Luke and Mei outrun Chinese gangsters, Russian psychos and a corrupt NYPD squad.