New York born writer/director Boaz Yakin broke into the movie business writing scripts for action movies such as comic book movie The Punisher starring Dolph Lundgren and buddy cop movie The Rookie starring Clint Eastwood and Charlie Sheen.
Now after a lengthy absence from the genre Yakin returns with Safe, starring action man extraordinaire Jason Statham as a cage fighter who protects a young girl (Catherine Chan) from the Triads, the Russian Mob and a corrupt police force in the mean streets of New York City.
Boaz talked to Matt’s Movie Reviews about his favourite action movies.
What are your favourite action movies?
My favourite action movies…well it depends on what we call an action movie in a way, because there is action movies that are full of action, and then there are action films that…, you know does Straw Dogs qualify as an action film? I don’t know. That’s probably my favourite violent film.
I would say my favourite adventure film of all time is probably The Adventures of Robin Hood with Errol Flynn, and that’s certainly an action film, right? It’s full of action and adventure and it’s one of my favourites.
Then maybe in terms of something that reflects the world of Safe just a little bit, I’d probably say The French Connection, even though it only has one remarkable action scene in it. The feeling of the film is still a big action film.
I think with The French Connection a lot of young people these days don’t really realise what that film has done for action films as a whole.
Yeah. You wouldn’t have the Bourne films and a lot of the kind of filmmaking being received today, that I think are so influenced by the style of filmmaking that you had in Battle of Algiers and with The French Connection …I think (William) Friedkin was very influenced by the Battle of Algiers when he made it. That film really brought that style and that mentality to commercial action filmmaking.
SAFE WILL BE RELEASED IN AUSTRALIAN CINEMAS ON MAY 10 THROUGH ICON FILMS