Safe House 2012

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A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge.

Starring:
Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Safe House

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 50 minutes
Starring Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Robert Patrick, Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard
Director Daniel Espinosa
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Rental release 17 August 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 50 minutes
Starring Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Robert Patrick, Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard
Director Daniel Espinosa
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Rental release 17 August 2012
Main languages English

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Albatross on 20 Nov 2012
Format: DVD
Denzel Washington plays an ex CIA agent/special forces operative (to be honest, I forget) who gets captured and taken to the (official) CIA's most inept hideout which is promptly overrun by baddies and everyone is killed. Everyone that is, apart from plucky Ryan Reynolds who is basically the CIA's caretaker of the unsafe safe house. He therefore has to rescue Washington and escort him to safety, all the time being pursued by baddies who can wipe out a professional CIA team in seconds, but can't shoot an untrained agent and his shackled prisoner.

I can suspend my disbelief to accept all that. There's car chases, slick camera work, shoot-outs and punch-up - pretty much everything you'd expect from a modern action film. But it's still only average. The only thing that elevates it from being VERY average is Denzil Washington who, as usual, turns in a pretty decent performance, given what he has to work with. He snarls, charms and punches his way through most situations and Ryan Reynolds seems to have good chemistry with him in his attempts at keeping him both safe and cuffed at the same time.

If anyone else was in the film it would simply be average, but if you like the sound of another car chase-laden action film with a better than average cast, give this one a go. It might be slightly longer than your average action flick, but it's entertaining enough not to bore.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Benminx on 11 July 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Safe House might revolve around a tediously old-hat mcguffin (a data file? please...) but it's saved by the enthusiasm of it's director Daniel Espinosa and its charismatic stars. Washington plays 'rogue' CIA agent Tobin Frost with a wolfish charm and a manipulative streak that keep you wondering whether he's as traitorous as its claimed. Ryan Reynolds plays his junior CIA agent dead straight, without any of his usual lighthearted comedy. This makes for a wise choice, giving Denzel all the rogueish charm and letting us root for Reynolds as the scared rookie in over his head.

Espinosa is a good choice for director, and handles the initial safe-house assault (and a lengthy car chase) with a fantastic sense of tension and rhythm. The violence is loud and stunning, and the use of sudden flickers of lighting and bursts of movement make it feel full of dramatic impact.

The car chase is superb, and one of the highlights of the movie due to skillful direction and whip-fast editing. However, Espinosa does occasionally slip into 'shakycam' fanboy territory, getting up too close, and too shaky to properly convey what's going on. To begin with this adds to the atmosphere, but it gets intrusive. Luckily he quickly calms down.

On the topic of filming, the film has a similarly grainy 'real world' look to Matt Damon's 'Green Zone', and so although the dominant saturated colours of black, orange and brown used in almost every scene make the landscape and action look gorgeous, I wouldn't expect Blu-Ray to offer many benefits over DVD.

The supporting cast are uniformly good, the plot is serviceable, and the film keeps moving at a fast enough pace to remain exciting. It also managed to make the audience I was with jump at least 4 times with sudden shocks.

Good fun, with a colourful and varied South-African setting and some very decent action set-pieces. A good choice as a straight-faced and violent spy action movie.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Valerie J. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Jun 2012
Format: DVD
Denzil Washington is back on our screens in this action thriller as Tobin Frost a rogue CIA agent on the run. But he's not on the run alone, he's escorted by Matt Weston, the young CIA agent (Ryan Reynolds), who was supposed to keep Frost nicely safe and locked up in a Safe House pending interrogation by the CIA. But that plan went pear-shaped when a bunch of guys from who-knows-where blasted the big steel door off and came charging in, guns blazing and didn't seem to care who they shot as long as it wasn't each other. Weston wants to know why Frost is such hot property, Frost wants to know why he was getting shot at too. We, the audience, know that Frost is carrying a secret, a list of people. If it gets into the wrong hands and becomes public then a lot of the world's secret agencies are going to be very unhappy bunnies. Frost was about to get millions for the sale of the list until other men in black got in his way and he had to turn himself in to stay alive. Can our Denzel really be a baddy? Watch the movie and find out. It certainly looks that way.

Safe House has received mixed reviews from Joe Public but while I accept it isn't a top notch thriller, I enjoyed it. I watched it without expectations which is always a good thing. Bits of it felt like watching a Bourne movie although I didn't think the fight sequences were choreographed half as excitingly, and I didn't think the car chase scenes were half as 'exhilarating' as Jason Bourne driving that mini in Bourne Identity. You have to decide for yourself and I suggest you check out one or two YouTube clips to get a better impression than can be given in written reviews. You must remember the times that someone has told you they hated a movie and you liked it, and vice versa.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andy on 27 Jun 2012
Format: DVD
suppose it was same old same old, i.e CIA , chase type scenes, double crossing, but the action is great, not stop shooting and car chases and not far fetched like crank movies.
the flow of the film is great, keep me interested to the end.
glad i never read the negative reviews and just watched it, recommend if you like bourne, salt type movies.
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