Trailer: Safe House
Photo: Safe House
Starring Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Robert Patrick.
Directed by Daniel Espinosa.
Classification: M (Violence and infrequent coarse language), 115 mins.
Official Site: http://www.nooneissafe.com/
Oscar(r) winner Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds star in the action-thriller Safe House. Washington plays the most dangerous renegade from the CIA, who comes back onto the grid after a decade on the run. When the South African safe house he's remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative (Reynolds) escapes with him. Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead. For the past year, Matt Weston has been frustrated by his inactive, backwater post in Cape Town. A "housekeeper" who aspires to be a full-fledged agent, the loyal company man has been waiting for an opportunity to prove himself. When the first and only occupant he's had proves to be the most dangerous man he's ever met, Weston readies for duty. Tobin Frost has eluded capture for almost a decade. One of the best ops men that the CIA's known, the ex-intelligence officer has given up assets and sold military intel to anyone with cash since he turned. From trading secrets to North Korea to aiding splinter cells, the damage he's done to the U.S. is immeasurable. And he's now back on the reservation with a secret. As soon as Frost is brought in for debriefing, mercenaries come and tear apart Weston's safe house. Barely escaping, the unlikely partners must discover if their attackers have been sent by terrorists or someone on the inside who will kill anyone standing in the way. Now it's up to Weston to figure out who he can trust before they're both eliminated from the game.
Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynold's new thriller “Safe House” is pure adrenaline. The sheer force of action ricochets through the cinema as Team Washington and Reynolds deliver one intense action film.Both actors ground the propulsive, violent film with excellent performances. Denzel plays traitorous CIA agent Tobin Frost, whose predatory gaze and suave demeanor both slices and charms. He’s an ex-agent who has seen and done terrible things and has finally reached a limit. His gruff persona exudes exhaustion, yet manages to stay slick and venomous. Watching Frost wreck havoc on his assailants is entertaining, but Washington adds much more to the character than just typical beat downs. Reynolds is the rookie idealist agent Matt Weston, who swears to protect Frost from the swarms of bad guys crashing down on them at every turn. Reynolds is smart to not overplay the tough guy part but to keep his character fledgling and on the verge of self-doubt.The majority of the film is shot in close-up, which is extremely disorienting. The non-stop shaky-cam makes it even more unsettling, especially during the action scenes. Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson, Rubén Blades, Robert Patrick and Sam Shepard play their parts nicely in between the action scenes to jump the story along to the next set piece. While “Safe House” is a film we’ve all seen before, Denzel and Reynolds keep things fresh, gritty and intense.
Rated M (Science fiction themes and violence), 140 mins
Rated M (Science fiction themes and violence), 119 mins
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