Storyline: 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.
Genres: Thriller / Action
Release Date: February 10, 2012
My Review: As much as I love Denzel, this movie was not his best. It was way too long for a dialogue infested movie. Of course, the fighting and car-chases kept the movie alive but where was the fast forward button when it came to the in-between plot development?
The loud crashes during the car chases were probably the only unpredictable trait to this movie. The CIA corruption plot was more predictable that Kim Kardashian’s divorce. Something I don’t appreciate is when you have to concentrate your energy on focusing during the fast-paced scenes in order to absorb what is happening. It was just too loud and shaky, the camera was all over the place.
Unless it’s a comedy, I’m not a big fan of Ryan Reynolds; they spent half the movie with the camera focusing on his facial expressions. It wasn’t that hard to figure out that he’s nervous, he’s scared, he doesn’t know what to do; a chunk of the film well wasted focusing on that. Denzel never fails to amaze me but it seemed that he had less of a role as the target, with minimal dialogue and a couple of fighting scenes.
Unlike Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, this was conformed into a pop-culture spy-themed movie. It’s safe to say that this movie is a good time killer, 6/10.