Safe House


When a CIA safe house in South Africa is attacked, an inexperienced operative (Ryan Reynolds) is forced to flee along with a high-value prisoner (Denzel Washington). Swedish director Daniel Espinosa’s first American feature is a gritty action-thriller about dirty games within the CIA – it will take the length of the film for our hero to figure out who is a friend or a foe. Offers few real surprises, but it is well paced, has some explosive action and strong performances, not just from Washington, but a very solid one from Reynolds. That final scene does not ring true, however.

2012-U.S. 115 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Daniel Espinosa. Cast: Denzel Washington (Tobin Frost), Ryan Reynolds (Matt Weston), Vera Farmiga (Catherine Linklater), Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard, Ruben Blades… Robert Patrick, Joel Kinnaman, Fares Fares.


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