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
Fast-paced fun with two outstanding leading men performances!
'SAFE HOUSE': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

Denzel Washington is teamed with Ryan Reynolds for this action/thriller buddy film. It was directed by Daniel Espinosa and written by David Guggenheim. It tells the story of a rogue CIA agent fugitive and a rookie CIA agent on the run together after the safe house the fugitive was being held at is attacked. Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson and Sam Shepard costar. The movie is intense, fast-paced fun with two outstanding leading men performances.

Washington plays Tobin Frost, a former CIA agent who is said to have gone rogue and is now their most wanted fugitive. Reynolds plays Matt Weston, a rookie CIA agent who is tasked with guarding a safe house in Cape Town, South Africa. When Frost turns himself in to the American Consulate, in order to avoid capture by mercenaries pursuing him, he's taken to Weston's safe house. While Frost is being interrogated mercenaries attack the safe house and Frost and Weston flee. Weston tries to keep Frost under control while avoiding their pursuers and trying to make their way to another safe house. In the process he learns from the veteran CIA agent and begins to question his guilt as the two, of course, oddly bond.

Washington and Reynolds aren't the best pairing but both do their parts well. Their characters are fully developed and interesting. The directing is energetic and sufficiently flashy as well, keeping the story going at just the right pace to keep it involving. Not a masterpiece but still an entertaining suspense thriller.

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2012-05-15
Completely Average, with lazy writing
I can only imagine the 7.0 rating for this film comes from affection for Denzel Washington or Ryan Reynolds, but other than the details of what Denzel has and how Reynolds is going to find him again, the story is old, old, old.

There are easy tip offs to bad/lazy writing (or studio interference). One of the most dependable is that the villain or bad guy or bully is a professed Christian. I know, that's shockingly original. The other tip off of horrendously lazy and creatively bankrupt thriller writing was displayed in this film (and has been done to death by others): *SPOILER, SPOILER* THE VILLAIN IS A BAD CIA AGENT. Whoa, never saw that coming (in the first four minutes of the film). And, the writer/producers just kicked up their laziness a notch by *SPOILER SPOILER* giving us the CIA willing to cover it all up to protect their reputation.

The director tried for a more interesting approach to telling the story, by playing with the chronology of time for short periods within select segment, but, believe me, this was no "Memento." I kept watching, hoping the movie would be better than it was. It could have been really good, I mean, look at all the acting talent that went to waste, like Brendan Gleeson and Reuben Blades. But the most under-used actor was the amazing Vera Farminga in a thankless and one-dimensional role as the tough case-manager chick in The Company. Giving an actress of her caliber such crap should be a creative Felony, punishable by ten years of directing webisodes.
2012-05-26
It's Denzel, Nuff Said
I started watching this movie with a bias in its favor to begin with. I like both, Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington so I was expecting it to be good.

Ryan Reynolds plays a CIA (or FBI) agent that is putting in his time babysitting a safe house. Denzel is a rogue agent that appears on the grid after years of being hard to catch.

The movie was as advertised. A good thing you can expect from a Denzel crime/action thriller is that the acting will be good and the action won't be over the top. There will be enough action to keep you locked in but not so much where you mentally check out and don't care about the story. This wasn't the best Denzel movie, but at least it had a good cohesive story and some substance.
2014-06-05
I'll take it from here
Not much to write about. I'm a little surprised that the movie got so many good ratings, but then most of them probably came from action fans. That being said - yes, if you are an action lover you will probably enjoy this movie. A lot is happening, shots are being fired constantly and the chase never stops. What I enjoyed most about it were the filming locations. Captivating shots of Cape Town and South African landscapes - big props to the filmmakers for choosing such a stunning scenery. The acting was good, but then again there is not much acting involved in making a movie like this. It was a little disappointing when Denzel Washington's mumbling made it very difficult to understand what the real cause for the mess depicted in the film was really about. About that - the whole idea of a file incriminating numerous agents all over the globe - I believe that if the writers tried to come up with something more original, maybe the movie would get a better purpose and become more sharp. All in all, this is only my opinion - I'm sure thousands of people will really enjoy 'Safehouse' for the non-ambitious piece of work that it was.
2013-04-30
Decent Movie, but a waste of some real Talent
My rating of 5/10 is at once both generous and not. Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington do the best they can but ultimately the director hits the wrong tone and the cinematography is at times distractingly bad.

Here's what the previews led me to believe, Reynolds is young and driven but inexperienced as the keeper of a safe house, Washington is an old professional rogue agent who will offer him advice. None of that advice was ever really shared, I thought a certain bond would be formed between Washington and Reynolds or at least a hesitant mutual respect but none of that took shape.

I kept waiting for that point where one character proves to be more than what we were led to believe early on that they were, but no. Washington and Reynold's characters of Weston and Tobin stay the same throughout the whole movie, Weston is none the wiser because of Tobin and thats all there is to it.

Still there's enough basic action and minimal suspense to keep you entertained during a matinée showing so on that level I can't knock the film. The problem is there were several moments where I was left wondering why not a little more exploration into these characters or the story.

Also while watching the movie I just assumed it was PG-13, I never pay attention to the ratings but none of the violent fight scenes were that particularly violent so I told myself oh it must be because they needed to maintain the PG-13 but no, this movie is an R and yet they still avoided showing brutal fight scenes. All of the violence was so rapidly edited together and shot from such obscure angles that you can barely even tell what is going on.

I give credit to Washington and Reynolds for doing the best they could to overcome weak direction, editing, cinematography, and screen writing.
2012-02-10
Do you want to be the guy that lost Tobin Frost?
The spy who came in from the cold. This time it's Denzel Washington, who has been hiding for 10 years. Why do they consider him a traitor? Why did he suddenly come in?

Fans of Bourne will see nothing new here, but it s Denzel, with Brendan Gleeson as a bonus. Add Robert Patrick and Sam Shepard, and you have the makings of a real action flick.

A lot of bullets flying as you try to figure out who the bad guys and who the good guys are. It switches fast and the action never stops.

Not Denzel's best effort, but I'll take any Denzel.

And, you just knew how it was going to end. I hate predictability!
2013-05-24
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
Exceeded Expectations
"Safe House", directed by Daniel Espinosa, is more like a 7.25 out of 10. What really works for the movie is unsurprisingly a good script and 2 seasoned likable actors. The story has some novelties along with it as well, in no small part, the Safe Houses (hence the title) (spoiler) which become anything but safe. I thought the action scenes mostly were well crafted including chase scenes and close in fist-fights. ((spoiler) I especially liked Reynolds as coming off novice believably. Aside from the stupidity of having the Reynolds character bring Washington to a soccer match in public and the predictability of who turns out to be a double-crosser, the movie is a good watch. It's worth a rental anytime and exceeded my expectations. Recommended.
2012-04-13
Danzel Saves What Really Is A Mess
It's an interesting albeit predictable action flick that's nothing special but delivers enough to make it worthwhile. It does feature what has to be the dumbest CIA operatives/handlers ever put on film. What transpires, especially early, will make most viewers say "why in the world didn't they just…" but getting past that means enjoying a film where Denzel Washington perfectly menaces and charms his way through every scene. Put just about anyone else in this role and the film would lose a lot. Ryan Reynolds was good enough and the rest of the stellar supporting cast is absolutely wasted. Again, I found it interesting despite it being three repetitive acts of mindless turns highlighting that the government is pure evil and they apparently keeping hiring the same set of mindless goons who race around guns blazing everywhere with little effect or competence whatsoever. Also, the camera work was AWFUL in terms of the overuse of the shaky cam.
2012-02-10
Lacks Plot & Is Not A Psychological Thriller As Advertised
I went to see "Safe House" in the theater for two reasons: 1. I like psychological thrillers (what this movie was advertised at); and 2. I am a fan of Denzel Washington. Sadly, the film fails miserably to succeed on #1 and only gives glimpses of #2.

For a basic plot summary, "Safe House" sees known criminal (and former CIA operative) Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) walk into a U.S. embassy for protection after a secret information- selling deal goes bad. While the CIA tries to figure out what Frost is really up to, he is broken out of a secure facility by the men pursuing him, with only rookie CIA operative Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) able to "protect" him.

What needs to be cleared up right away, however, is that "Safe House" is NOT the psychological thriller as advertised in the trailer. Every single "psych" moment is shown in the trailer...there is nothing more. Instead, it is a straight-forward action/adventure romp with plenty of bullets, car crashes, and fisticuffs to satisfy the adrenaline junkies.

Where this movie fails miserably, though, is that the plot and direction are an absolute mess from beginning to end. Though containing all the trappings of an interesting movie, all the wrong aspects are focused on. What should have (and could have) been a tense psychological thriller instead is one prolonged action scene after another with tiny little "plot moments" thrown in between them so that the whole thing doesn't fall apart.

About the only redeeming quality of the movie is Denzel. Though his character is regrettably given very little to do throughout the movie, he still shines as the "tough guy" in a number of scenes (again, though, nothing that isn't shown in the trailer). After taking a break from his "Man on Fire" or "Deju Vu" type characters, it seemed as if, in "Safe House", Denzel was venturing back into that territory once again.

Overall, "Safe House" will only be enjoyed by those who like having their senses stimulated at the cinema. It does contain pulse-pounding action, but those looking for any plot or character development will be severely disappointed and should look elsewhere for a Denzel fix.
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