Entertaining action flick, nothing special. Classic can't trust the agency type thing, but Denzel is a bad ass and manages to elevate the scenes he is in to make it fun enough.
A compelling first and second act, despite a boring, uninspired lovestory.
I like Denzel, he is always fun to watch.
At the last third the movie is getting boring and predictable.
Just like The Bourne Legacy, Safe House mostly consists of chases, this time through Capetown. There's not much character background or development and it ends pretty lame. It's nice to see Reynolds in a more serious role, though, without his endless quips in other movies.
Denzel Washington is a charismatic actor capable of delivering powerful performances. In Safe House he brings us yet another solid performance, however not in the class of his Training Day stunner.
Washington is good, but Reynolds is even better in his role and the film has constant action and a good plot. What more could you ask from an adventure film?
One (1) naive rookie [cop/agent/government official] who wishes they could leave their boring [desk job/safe house] for some action in the field
One (1) jaded veteran [cop/agent/government official] wrongfully accused of [murder/treason] who holds the [key/USB/microchip] to political corruption
One (1) shady, high-ranking [copy/agent/government official] who may not be who they seem
Mix ingredients idly.
Coat liberally with faux cross-processed glaze.
Serves no one.
Agents go rogue. One is witty. One is morally ambiguous. Beautiful cities get ignored as chase scene parking structures. Nothing is colorful. Nothing gets more intense or personal, just louder. And that's enough for some people.
'Safe House' is routine. It is shot with no imagination, the score is utterly forgettable, and the leads aren't given enough room to play with.
Thankfully, Reynolds and Washington take what they are given and create a tolerable, sometimes 'not-bad' nod worthy action movie. They play their parts to a tee. It's just a shame we've seen these parts in every movie with secret agents.
A cool concept, good use of location, great cast, two extremely charismatic leads, good action sequences, so why isn't this more fun?
You think by assembling Ryan Reynolds as a rookie CIA agent, and Denzel Washington as a rogue one, there would be some witty banter, energy, and fun moments. Nope. These actor's personalities are completed wasted. This movie is deadly serious, especially with a plot so formulaic, you would think they'd want to inject some life into it. It…
Ryan Reynolds actually does a decent job in this one. Still a one and done for me.
It does what it sets out to do pretty well with a director who does a good job at handling the material. Although it offers nothing new, it's entertaining none the less.
The real surprise for me though was Ryan Reynolds. I really liked him in this and can see him having a future in action centred films.
Safe House, the latest Denzel Washington CIA spy action doesn’t have a seminal early 90’s video game namesake and is much more standard multiplex fodder. Reynolds is the young rookie blah who must take down the rouge legend blah whilst figuring out who he can trust as it all unfolds in a tedious crushing inevitability.
It has none of the originality of The Bourne Identity (which was 10 years ago) let alone more recent espionage thrillers such as Joe wright’s…