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Safe House

A movie directed by Daniel Espinosa

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  • Feb 9, 2012

By Joan Alperin Schwartz

Rogue agent Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) has been off the grid for the past ten years and he's been on the CIA'S most wanted list for the last decade.

CIA agent, Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) has been posted to a remote, empty Safe House in Capetown, South Africa for over a year.  He's job is to make sure the Safe House is always ready for 'visitors'.  Weston is bored and longs for action. 

When, out of the blue, Tobin turns himself in, he's transported to Weston's Safe House and the novice operative gets his wish...and then some...

Mercenaries attack the house, killing practically everyone in sight. Everyone except... Matt and Tobin, who manage to escape and go on the run.  

Matt is determined to protect Tobin at all costs and 'bring him in'. Tobin, however,  has other ideas and what happens next is, what you've seen hundreds of times up on the screen....

We have numerous car chases, explosive gun battles (are there any other kind?), stunts galore, lots of action and a few twists, that you can see coming, a mile away.

The best part of 'Safe House' are the quiet scenes between Denzel and Ryan.  The two actors have great chemistry.  Denzel's character is intense, at times scary, but in the end...sympathic.  Ryan conveys his usual charismatic self and you can't help but like him.

The supporting cast includes Sam Shepherd as a CIA big shot, Vera Farmiga and Brendan Gleeson as CIA operatives and Ruben Blades as a forger.  Ruben and Washington also have a couple of nice scenes together that reveal more about the Frost character.

The director, Daniel Espinosa has shot the film in a 'cinema verte' style and has chosen to speed up the action, so at times...it's hard to tell who's kicking whose butt.

If you want to see a movie, that is filled with car crashes, action, violence but has really nice performances from Denzel and Reynolds, then 'Safe House' is the film to see.

The 'Two Jews On Film' are actually almost in agreement.  Check out our video to see our bagel rating...and to see our...kung fu moves. 

'Safe House' opens in theatres, Friday, February 10, 2012.
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February 11, 2012
I was thinking of seeing this one later tonight, but I am not sure. I have two movies I'd like to see next weekend. Thanks, you two!
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review by . July 26, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
** out of ****    Rogue ex-CIA Agent turned criminal Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) meets with M16 agent Alec Wade (Liam Cunningham), who gives him a file that is apparently much-sought after by a group of vicious mercenaries. Tobin, gone from America for many years, suddenly enters a consulate and is instantly moved to a safe house for further interrogation. Why would he return after everything that he's done? He's a traitor, an outlaw, a criminal; and even worse, a man wanted …
review by . February 10, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
In a complicated deadly game of international espionage things are rarely what they appear to be. Take the case of Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds), a young man who, for all intents and purposes, appears to divide his time between his adoring French girlfriend (Nora Arnezeder) and a South African hospital. But if one were to pull back the curtain they would learn that Matt is actually a CIA agent who spends his time watching over a safe house, an assignment of painfully tedious monotony. In the new …
review by . December 13, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Not Original or Innovative, But Definitely Visceral and Action-Packed
There is no question that Denzel Washington is one of the best actors of this generation. The man is enough to draw me out to see a movie in theaters, or at least rent out a movie on Dvd. Washington has pretty much starred in almost every genre, save for romantic movies. I have also seen Washington star in several action movies such as “Man on Fire” and his performance in “Training Day” as a crooked, scary Narc is one for the record books. Sure, his recent movies these days …
review by . February 12, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         It might be a stretch to think of Safe House as a coming of age film, as it’s structured and edited in the same way as an espionage action thriller. True enough, we have car chases, brutal hand-to-hand combat, gunfights, and a plot involving the acquisition and transportation of a secret file, which of course has dangerous international ramifications. But when you narrow in on the lead characters and really focus on their dialogue and actions, …
review by . February 12, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Safe House plays it all too safe.
SAFE HOUSE Written by David Guggenheim Directed by Daniel Espinosa Starring Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds and Brendan Gleeson   Tobin Frost: Remember Rule no. 1 - You are responsible for your house guest. I am your house guest.   Despite the title, at no point in time while watching SAFE HOUSE will you feel anything close to safe. Director, Daniel Espinosa, an unproven talent in the industry before now, delivers a non-stop thrill ride that provides Denzel Washington with an …
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Saw this on my 3 hour flight 2 days ago. A Denzel Washington movie and he did all the stunts himself, apparently. Didn't enjoy as much as his past movies but still reasonably entertaining to see him as a man on the run. A movie about dirty politics and corruptions running across the top American institutions.
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