Quite conveniently, the brutal bruiser finds a new lease of life when he must protect an Oriental math whiz (Chan). The villains du jour are the Chinese triad, the Russian mafia and a caboodle of corrupt New York police officers. Whew!
The whole mega-violent project smacks of cynical emptiness. The action set pieces, including a shootout on a subway train, are as hackneyed as they come. At times, the body count resembles a war zone.
Safe is avoidable, unless you’re a glutton for jaw-dislocating punishment.