Safe House
Year:
2012
Country:
USA, Japan, South Africa
Genre:
Crime, Thriller, Action, Mystery
IMDB rating:
6.8
Director:
Daniel Espinosa
Vera Farmiga as Catherine Linklater
Stephen Rider as Richards
Jenna Dover as CIA Analyst
Nora Arnezeder as Ana Moreau
Fares Fares as Vargas
Joel Kinnaman as Keller
Rubén Blades as Carlos Villar
Liam Cunningham as Alec Wade
Ryan Reynolds as Matt Weston
Denzel Washington as Tobin Frost
Tracie Thoms as CIA Analyst
Sam Shepard as Harlan Whitford
Brendan Gleeson as David Barlow
Robert Patrick as Daniel Kiefer
Storyline: Matt Weston ( ) is a CIA rookie who is manning a safe house in Cape Town, South Africa, when Tobin Frost ( ) the CIA's most wanted rogue agent is captured and taken to the safe house. During Frost's interrogation, the safe house is overtaken by mercenaries who want Frost. Weston and Frost escape and must stay out of the gunmen's sight until they can get to another safe house.
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Reviews
Nothing new, a dumb actioneer that has to reach an end somehow
When I first heard about the movie I was expecting more of a "Safe House" suspense, an 'Assault on Precinct 13' kind of single-location tense thriller. Then the trailer gave away it was all out action, but it still looked cleverer than it really is (and I think I know what to look for in those nicely packaged samples).

The only original thing was to have the action unfold in South Africa, still it was nothing more than a gimmick. The only plot point is about CIA not having backup teams available so far down on the overlooked continent, but aside from this the action could easily have been relocated to LA. When there's a furious car chase in a Bourne movie you know it's a different country, but Downtown Cape Town, sunny highways, what's the difference?

Safe House, the title, is still high concept, too bad they just used it as a starting point to yet another overblown actioneer. Characters are flimsy, even more so as they run to give and get lots of blows and run here and there until it's time to kill those who get in the way of a simplified ending.

Lots of dumb violence - I mean violence is not dumb with Jason Bourne, it's realistic, sharp and short - and then cut to a nice cute clean ending. Blah.
2012-03-02
Nothing new here, just keep moving along.
"Safe House" looks and feels like a thousand other similar movies, and does nothing but tread water in the genre. "Safe House" is an overlong, underwhelming generic spy thriller. There are car chases, double-crosses, prolonged fight sequences--all of which add up to very little. The pacing is uneven, the frenetic action is rarely suspenseful, and it drags out to an improbable conclusion.

"Safe House" has an A-list cast, but can't compensate for a weak story line that doesn't deliver anything substantial. Ryan Reynolds gives a fine performance, but others are simply going through the motions for purposes of refreshing their bank accounts. Denzel could play this role in his sleep, and at times, he appears he is doing just that. "Safe House" tries to be a little different by not transforming into a buddy film. No warmth is evident between Frost and Weston, who remain adversaries almost to the end. Some sort of relationship, however, might have been preferable.
2013-04-08
Watch if you like mindless shootouts
Taking into consideration the quality of Washington's previous movies, this is perhaps one of his worst ever. Endless shootouts with no purpose, flat done-to-death story. I was hugely surprised that this is what he has to say yes to and waste a year's worth of work for! I was tempted to leave 45 minutes later. And when I left when the movie was over, I regretted I didn't leave earlier. Miss it, and save your cash. I would really like to know how in hell this movie got a seven and why!

The movie is a long never-ending scene after scene of shoot outs (and as usual nobody gets hurt), and car chases that are very lame. One after the other, after the other, after the other, after the other. No thrill in it either. I cant bet you that in a few months time when many enough movie goers went to see it, the rating will drop to around 5.
2012-03-03
Bad big budget barf.
Don't even waste your sea sickness pills on this movie. Even when the actors are sitting in a room, the camera is bouncing all around. I didn't take my seasickness pills, so I only lasted about 30 minutes which is pretty good for me mainly for the cast which was a big waste of talent. As Michael Caine said one time: "I've made a lot of crap, but I've made a lot of money". For the life of me, I can't understand why anyone would think a movie would be better if people sitting in a chair should be shown jumping up,down, and around. When I look at someone sitting in a chair, they aren't jumping about to my mind's eye. The brain is even able to make things look smooth even when I am moving around. The image in my brain is not jumping about. I think the hand held camera is a way for movie companies to save money. No tripod, no steady cam, no set up needed. Just give the camera to a monkey and see what kind of garbage comes out.

But that's just one part of the problem. The car chase scene in the beginning was completely unbelievable. What was Denzel thinking when he tries to strangle Ryan while Ryan is driving the car? How come Ryan only has a pistol while everyone else has an assault rifle?

Recommendation: Do as I did: spent 30 minutes at most on this junk, and then send it back to Netflix.
2012-08-18
"Safe House" is a exhilarating action thriller with explosive stunts and sequences.
One of the CIA's most wanted, Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington), is back on the run after a ten-year disappearance. This alerts the CIA and sends their team to a gripping chase in Cape Town, South Africa. At a remote location, the CIA's safe house is guarded by a rookie operative, Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds). The house have been empty for years, involving no guests or action. At the arrival of Frost and the intelligence, a brutal investigation occurs. Phased by the presence of a notorious criminal, Weston becomes nervous and confused. In the midst of questioning, mercenaries invade the house and begins a killing spree in an effort to kidnap Frost as well. Frost reminds Weston, that as a house guest, he is to be protected. This sends Weston to a dizzying panic and eventually escapes along with Frost.

"Safe House" is a exhilarating action thriller with explosive stunts and sequences. The team behind the film stages multiple exciting scenes that involve beat down rooftops in the rural areas as well as heart-stopping car chases along the streets. Frost is an intelligent man. Being a former intelligence, who's gone rogue, he knows the rules and procedures. Most of the time, he's fascinated by watching Weston carry out his duties. Weston is continuously conflicted, looking for ways to hide Frost. Yet, Frost never makes it easy for him, as he tries to escape as well. Weston communicates with one of his supervisors, David Barlow (Brendan Gleeson), to determine their next move. But, the gunmen are determined to kill Frost, forcing Weston to take matters into his own hands.

Denzel Washington is an actor full of intensity. He can sit there and watch Reynolds do his thing and still convey the deepest of his character's emotions. He gives Frost both a terrifying presence and a sympathetic feel. Ryan Reynolds, on the other hand, manages to stand along Washington and give the same intensity. His wits and charisma works perfectly for his distressed rookie persona. The film succeeds best because of this tandem, allowing the actors to build a good enough relationship to carry out the entire film.

"Safe House" is a great action thriller with non-stop action. This is the first mainstream feature for Daniel Espinosa and he comes forth as promising due to his skillful camera work with the action scenes. One of the most impressive is the rooftop chase at night. The editing is pitch perfect as it allows the audience to feel the danger of the situation from each point of view. This film could have been bleak and predictable if the leads were miscast but Washington and Reynolds' enigma make the film satisfyingly fun and fresh.

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2012-02-07
CIA agent Ryan Reynolds tries to get ex-agent Denzel Washington to a safe location
"Safe House" is at best an average modern-day action movie, a 6. The story is all right. It has a reasonable plot from which an excellent screenplay and movie might have been built, and portions of that potential do appear at times that lend the movie some appeal, and they are when Denzel Washington appears and counsels the younger CIA agent played by Ryan Reynolds. Washington has a well-written part, and he surely can put a role like this across with great charm that makes you enjoy being in his company.

As I say, the plot's all right. Washington's an ex-CIA agent who used to be a star agent but abandoned the agency because of its corruption and rogue elements. He turned to trading information. He's doing a trade of a capsulized document that reveals the names and activities of illegal activities of intelligence agencies across the world. But one of these elements at the CIA knows this and has sent a team of shadowy foreign pursuers after him in South Africa. Washington is pursued into a CIA safe house where there is carnage, but Ryan Reynolds helps the manacled Washington escape and tries to find a new safe location for him. But back at Langley, among the three main guiding officials (Sam Shepherd, Vera Farmiga and Brendan Gleeson) is someone untrustworthy. When Washington has a chance later on to look at the micro-data, he doesn't catch who it is and tell Reynolds, a bit of a plot hole.

Most all of the story is depicted in a fantastical and unrealistic way. The attacks, escapes, pursuits are beyond any semblance of belief. Reality only creeps in during the quieter moments of the story. This would not be so bad if these chases and shootouts were shown in an understandable way that generated real tension and suspense or showed us precisely how the principals and their attackers went about their respective roles. This is not done. The film has one gap after another. We surely do not see clearly how critical matters are accomplished. The movie then becomes nothing more than a magic show, where the key elements are hidden, covered over by a jumble of rapid editing and movement. Even what should be an exciting car chase degenerates into a boring series of disconnected scrapes and jumps. The way that the action is done herein is exactly how it should not be done in my estimation. To me, it's a crashing bore and mindless. It's also a clone of a good many other such action sequences in other movies. Character development, even through action, is a weak point too. The trio at the CIA are stick figures, going through clichéd motions we've seen before.

Ryan Reynolds projects blandness. The opening scenes with him and his girl friend are directed clumsily. We are never given much to make him out as a solid and sympathetic character, and he, as an actor, doesn't fill in this gap by his personal capacity to project a person. Looking dazed and confused, looking ungroomed, and being inarticulate do not inspire confidence. Coming across like a schoolboy is not a charm recipe. He does take action, but too often we do not see how he accomplishes it and sometimes he does dumb things. Should he not be more shrewd and cunning in handling his challenge? The script disallows this.

"Safe House" is a run of the mill action movie in which the good parts with Denzel Washington contrast sharply with the rest of the movie, and I have to say that even those good parts are by now in danger of becoming too familiar as carried by Washington. There is not enough challenge in it for him as an actor and a bit too much comfortable revisiting of previous roles.
2015-07-25
Predictable to the end
This film wasn't all that fresh; we've seen it before in several other films. the Bourne Series, Body of Lies, Green Zone...you name it, there really isn't an original part of this film.

Essentially, Ryan Reynolds plays an aspiring CIA Case Officer who has a dull assignment in South Africa. Meanwhile Denzel Washington meets with an MI-6 contact who gives him a microchip. The MI-6 contact is soon killed and there is a chase scene which forces Denzel to head to the US consulate. It is soon revealed that Denzel's character used to be a CIA Case Officer who "turned traitor" many years ago. When the CIA take Denzel to Reynolds' safehouse, it is promptly attacked by well-trained guys who take out the rest of the CIA team but Reynolds and Washington escape. Several chase scenes ensue, intermixed with scenes of bonding/confrontation between Reynolds and Washington. Add in a girlfriend for Reynolds who doesn't know what sort of work he does and you get the picture.

Obviously, there's someone within the CIA trying to get Denzel and obviously, its one of the big bosses we see at Langley. Obviously, there will be a sort of mentorship between Denzel and Ryan.

Look, this might have been a decent film if they had gone in a different direction, but it's a tired plot line, where evil intelligence agencies get "truth to power" in their faces. Obviously Denzel's character is supposed to be some sort of PFC Manning with Wikileaks. Nothing specific is ever discussed, just "corrupt intelligence officials" from all over the world.

The sideplot with the girlfriend was about as predictable as it gets, from beginning to end.

Then there are the loose ends. Reynolds was on video fighting with police, and he killed and officer...yet he just gets away clean? I don't think that would happen in real life. Had they written a better plot, they could have just avoided the second "fight" with the police at the stadium and it would have not affected the plot...at all.

Anyway, plot aside, the action is hard to follow sometimes as it looks like its being recorded on some guy's iPhone or something.

This really isn't worth going to the theaters for...wait for Netflix or onDemand or something.
2012-03-14
Denzel Defies Life and Death in Action-Packed Espionage Thriller
Denzel Washington returns in this gritty espionage crime thriller, playing mild-mannered, smug anti-hero Tobin frost in the engagingly suave, signature style fans have come to love.

Once considered a topnotch CIA operative, Frost is now a renegade ex-agent whose reputation rivals his Oscar-winning rogue cop character in Training Day.

After eluding capture for almost a decade for allegedly selling government intelligence, he's brought to a remote safe house for debriefing. But the damaging info he holds provides the real suspense factor that keeps viewers completely on edge.

The action turns wildly fast and unpredictable when the isolated South African site is attacked, and frustrated novice agency 'house sitter' Ryan Reynolds (Matt Weston) barely escapes with his fugitive 'houseguest' in-tow.

Seizing the opportunity to prove himself worthy of full fledged officer status, Weston is forced to rely upon Frost to help him discover whether they are the targets of inside man while being under continuous threat. It gets extremely high-energy packed and adrenaline fueled as the two become hunted prey fleeing an unknown enemy possibly within the CIA.

The life and death situation climaxes in testosterone overdrive to bring about a surprising, though gratifying conclusion that seems to end abruptly.

However, it won't be apparent. That is, unless you see the additional footage shown after the closing credits.
2012-09-11
Nothing you haven't seen before.
I wanted to like this. I really did. I love Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds is good enough not to be type-casted while still holding onto his own style.

Unfortunately, nothing works here.

This movie is incredibly simple to summarize, due to it's simplicity. Ryan Reynolds plays a caretaker of a Safe House. He's a CIA agent trying to prove himself, and that chance comes when Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington, and the only character who's name I can even remember) is caught through some suspiciously specific circumstances comes his way.

Sounds cool, right? It's not.

Specifically? It's nothing we haven't seen. Corrupt government, predictable plot points and you'll figure out who the bad guy is halfway through the movie, which takes away some of it's sting. It predictably tried to make us think the woman-agent (I don't even know their names) was working against the office but it wasn't, because the movie pressed to much into her "hardass" attitude. It wasn't believable.

The biggest disappointment was the whole plot point, the MOVIE'S TITLE, was barely utilized. I went in expecting a psychological thriller, maybe 60-75% of the movie taking place in the Safe House as Tobin Frost messes with the minds of everyone around him. That's what the trailers implied anyway. I got no such thing.

Instead, the Safe House is broken into within minutes of Frost entering the building. There's a second safe house later in the movie and it, too, serves little point except the placeholder of the climax. All in all? I doubt we get 10 minutes worth of what is supposed to be the movie's title. Frankly, the movie should have been renamed.

Let's not forget that Frost barely proves his reputation, which we get in a quick scene of exposition as it explains that he "rewrote interrogation protocol" or something. At most, he says about four mindscrewing lines to Reynolds' character, and not much happens with it.

It just felt everything this movie was supposed to be was abandoned.

That's what I didn't like. The fight scenes were fine, the actors were fine, even (some of the) writing was fine. But when I left I found it difficult to like this movie.
2012-02-23
Another turd for the American public
One definition of insanity is repeating the same behavior and expecting different results.

Therefore, I must be insane because I keep thinking American-made espionage movies are going to have a consistent, believable plot instead just a bunch of hyped-up, glossy BS.

I have learned my lesson this time.

Safehouse kept me and the rest of the audience laughing incredulously at the sheer absurdity that unfolded again and again in this tremendously silly film. Allow me to diagram the plot for you:

01. A hit squad - hired by the CIA - knows where their rogue agent is and converges on him to kill him.

02. Rogue agent escapes, only to turn himself in to US government.

03. Bumbling CIA team tries to make him talk, only to be ambushed by original CIA team.

04. Rogue CIA agent is saved by silly patriotic CIA agent.

05. Bumbling CIA leaders argue.

06. Silly patriotic CIA agent tries to turn in rogue agent only to be attacked by original CIA team.

07. Rogue agent escapes and is later recaptured by silly agent.

08. Silly agent is attacked by another CIA agent.

09. Silly agent learns CIA is corrupt.

10. Rogue agent dies and silly agent goes rogue.

So, in other words, the CIA attacks the CIA to try to prevent the CIA from learning that the CIA has dirt of the CIA. Yeah, that makes sense!

In addition to all this garbage, the CIA strike team kills a boatload of innocent civilians, does millions of dollars of property damage, gets two of their top people killed, and then just lets the guy with the damaging intel just walk away at the end. So what was the point of the whole movie?

Also, if the CIA knew where rogue agent Denzel Washington was at the beginning of the movie, why didn't they just kill him up front and be done with it?

Duh!

The only saving grace this movie has is Denzel Washington who, as always, is a fine actor who conveys depth, empathy, and strong acting. Ryan Reynolds' acting, however, is pretty awful. Throughout the whole movie, he looks constipated and is entirely unbelievable.

The sub-plot, if you want to call it that, with his girlfriend is completely pointless and adds nothing to the film.

This film had a $85 M budget. That money could have been better used teaching bullfrogs how to play the ukulele.
2012-03-12
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