Born in 1957, October 17 of a history professor (father) and a kindergarten teacher (mother), Lawrence Bender is an American producer. He grew up in New Jersey. Lawrence is a graduate with a course in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine (class of 1979). Having begun as a dancer, he later joined the film industry after an injury.
Movies by Lawrence Bender have to date been nominated a record 29 times for the academy Awards, including three Best Picture nominations. His movies have won six Academy Awards. With many producers trying to make action movies that will get a chance to come out in the theatres, there is a shortage of such in the market. Safe stands out as a prodigious miniature film that will imbibe you in as much as one may not be expecting much.
Safe, a 2012 movie is the best thing Lawrence Bender has produced. It is a rough and cost-effective action thriller. Director Boaz Yakin gives his best to keep things moving assertively and energetically. The movie has a reasonably byzantine conspiracy. Statham, a retired MMA but homeless fellow after losing his wife through murder makes the film interesting with an aim to save Mei from James Hong _ a crime boss in the Chinese Triad. With morality, crime and revenge as the themes in this film, it can only be rated four stars.
Revenge by Lawrence Bender is seen when the Russian mafia decides to torture Statham for winning against a Russian opponent and putting him in a coma while he should have thrown the fight off. In an archetypal model of evil-movie-guy lucidity, erasing everything he ever cared about is their best strategy instead of killing him directly. This throws him off to the streets. Coincidence reveals itself when little Mei runs from a Russian mob to the subway in which desperate Statham relaxes. Believing to be the only good thing he would before dying, he has to protect her. This scenario as well prepares his ground for retaliation. The fights and chases from the subway to an expensive hotel; from homeless hoodie dressed Statham to the one in a fancy suit, the plot is magnificent. However, it doesn’t explain how a guy with a British accent ends up being a New York police officer.