Movie Review – “Safe House”

Today I caught a matinée screening of Safe House, starring Denzel Washington & Ryan Reynolds.

What’s Safe House about? Here’s the synopsis:

For the past year, Matt Weston has been frustrated by his inactive, backwater post in Cape Town. A “housekeeper” who aspires to be a full-fledged agent, the loyal company man has been waiting for an opportunity to prove himself. When the first and only occupant he’s had proves to be the most dangerous man he’s ever met, Weston readies for duty.

Tobin Frost has eluded capture for almost a decade. One of the best ops men that the CIA’s known, the ex-intelligence officer has given up assets and sold military intel to anyone with cash since he turned. From trading secrets to North Korea to aiding splinter cells, the damage he’s done to the U.S. is immeasurable. And he’s now back on the reservation with a secret.

As soon as Frost is brought in for debriefing, mercenaries come and tear apart Weston’s safe house. Barely escaping, the unlikely partners must discover if their attackers have been sent by terrorists or someone on the inside who will kill anyone standing in the way. Now it’s up to Weston to figure out who he can trust before they’re both eliminated from the game.

So….yeah….I suppose this movie was worth the $5 I spent to see it. If you just wanna see car chases, people shooting each other & a mildly entertaining plot, then this is the movie for you. I didn’t dig it all that much. First, I really just don’t find Denzel believable as an action star. The man is older than my daddy! I just don’t see it. Second, this movie wasn’t all that original to me. It felt like part 4 of the “Bourne” series, with Denzel & Ryan Reynolds subbed in for Matt Damon. Think about it – CIA, double crosses, bunch of car chases & people shooting at each other….yup same movie.
If you have nothing to do or just really love action movies, Safe House is a safe bet for mild entertainment.
Did you see Safe House? What did you think?
  • lol…ok then. I don’t think people find Denzel that old. Maybe your daddy is just young? I mean Liam Neeson is still doing credible action roles and is older than Denzel. But if it doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t work for you. Ryan Reynolds is the bigger problem. He’s one of the worst actors in Hollywood. Every role he chooses he plays in the same fashion as the last. I’ll check it out, but I’m not expecting much. 

  • I really liked the movie. 

  • Anonymous

    For all the reasons you were not wowed by it, are ALL the reasons I will be going to see this. I’m an action flick chick to the core! Plus Denzel! I’m sold.