TME Reviews:Safe House

Posted: February 9, 2012 by tmepost in Movies, Reviews
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Reviewed By:  John Burrell Jr.

Release: Feb. 10, 2012

Runtime: 115 Mins.

Director: Daniel Espinosa

Cast: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds

Genre: Action, Thriller

Rated R


Denzel Washington is Tobin Frost, a rogue C.I.A. agent that has turned himself in after 9 years on the run. Ryan Reynolds is a young C.I.A. agent eager to prove himself worthy of more than the boring task of maintaining an empty safe house for detainees, which is until Mr. Frost is to occupy it. While Frost is being interrogated quite illegally the safe house becomes the opposite of that when heavily armed men attack it to get at the former agent. The other agents are killed and it’s up to Matt Weston (Reynolds) to keep Frost in custody and safe. But, there’s still the question how did the armed assailants find the classified, secret government facility? How did they know that Frost was there?

Ryan Reynolds has never received much in the way of a dramatic vote of confidence from me but he seemed to handle himself well in the presence of the incomparable Denzel Washington. The chemistry between the two seemed to work very well in the few quiet moments they had on screen and the many bullet riddled action sequences they went through. Speaking of action this movie was slathered in it. From pretty much the5  minutes after Denzel hit the screen someone was being shot at, punched, stabbed, hit by a car, etc., etc. You name this film had someone dying by it. There were also a lot of jump scare parts that kept catching the audience by surprise. These moments kept predictable scenes from leaving you with that “I already know where this going” feeling. The hand to hand fights were extremely visceral as they weren’t pretty. The men fought like they were trying to kill each other instead of score style points which I appreciated thoroughly.

There wasn’t much I actually disliked about the movie or anything significant enough to mention. The movie was good to great overall from the fights down to the performances of the actors. Denzel’s character being a master manipulator shown through his interactions with the various cast members and it was awesome. Although, that can be said for almost every Denzel performance. Safe House should be on your  list of movies to see as you’ll get a 4.5 out 5 caliber film for your hard earned money.


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