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Safe House (2012)



Critic Consensus: Safe House stars Washington and Reynolds are let down by a thin script and choppily edited action sequences.

Movie Info

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. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: R (for strong violence throughout and some language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: David Guggenheim
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 5, 2012
Box Office: $126.1M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Denzel Washington
as Tobin Frost
Ryan Reynolds
as Matt Weston
Vera Farmiga
as Catherine Linklater
Brendan Gleeson
as David Barlow
Sam Shepard
as Harlan Whitford
Ruben Blades
as Carlos Villar
Nora Arnezeder
as Ana Moreau
Robert Patrick
as Daniel Kiefer
Liam Cunningham
as Alec Wade
Jena Dover
as CIA Analyst
Stephen Rider
as CIA Analyst
Daniel Fox
as CIA Analyst
Tracie Thoms
as CIA Analyst
Sara Arrington
as CIA Analyst
Kenneth Fok
as CIA Analyst
Bryan Van Niekerk
as Linklater's Assistan...
Nicole Sherwin
as Whitford's Assistant
Aidan Bennetts
as Ericksson
Traian Milenov
as Vargas Lieutenant
Dumani Mtya
as Vargas Lieutenant
Thembaletu Tyutu
as Vargas Lieutenant
Oliver Bailey
as Vargas Lieutenant
Roy Taylor
as Vargas Lieutenant
Boris Martinez
as Strip Club Mercenary
Stephen Bishop
as Marine Guard
Scott Sparrow
as Marine Guard
Justin Shaw
as Private Security Gua...
Fana Mokena
as Officer-in-Charge
Jody J. Abrahams
as Stadium Cop
Dirk Stoltz
as Stadium Cop
Craig Palm
as Stadium Cop
Craig Hawks
as Stadium Cop
Tyrone Dadd
as Stadium Cop
Tilly Powell
as Woman Trampled
Lynita Crofford
as Reporter at Stadium
Abdul Ntotera
as Businessman
Namhla Tshuka
as Villar Daughter
Simphiwe Mabuya
as Villar Son-in-Law
Louis Gouws
as BMW Driver
Jerry Mofokeng
as Man at Mint
John C. King
as CNN Reporter (Himsel...
Bruce A. Young
as CIA Aide - S.A.
Aidan Whytock
as CIA Aide - S.A.
Geon Nel
as CIA Aide - S.A.
Bruce Young
as CIA Aide - S.A.
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Critic Reviews for Safe House

All Critics (179) | Top Critics (36)

The film's super-saturated look and quick cutting are mere substitutes for any real sense of intrigue.

Full Review… | February 26, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

Everybody fights and everybody lies in a thriller that tries to glamorize spies while demonizing their profession.

Full Review… | December 30, 2012
Christianity Today

With a small amount of tweaking, Safe House could have been a knockout thriller. Instead, we have a film that shares the same notions as my school report cards: ' ...has potential, just needs to focus'.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
The Aristocrat

["Safe House"] becomes a prime example of why no matter how many chases and other action sequences they may throw into the mix, they can't even begin to make up for the more important elements.

Full Review… | September 17, 2012

Safe House has a cast full of actors who would make any director blush with confidence, but each and every one of them is used as scenery for the action scenes.

Full Review… | September 17, 2012
We Got This Covered

It doesn't say much about Safe House that I can only recall a grand total of about 2 minutes, and those are mostly moments that enjoy good quality character time rather than any flash-bang excitement.

Full Review… | September 13, 2012

Audience Reviews for Safe House


Eh. S'okay.

Julie B

Super Reviewer

A decent action/thriller with a few twists. You know you are always going to get a good performance out of Washington. Maybe it could have done with a bit more action, it did seem to slow down quite a bit in parts. Overall though a good entertaining film if not anything new or groundbreaking.

Dean King

Super Reviewer


Bourne is black... I mean back. No wait, this is the wrong review.

All jokes aside, it delivers high octane action enough to please action junkies alike. And with a premise that's somewhat interesting, "Safe House" is (wait for it...) a SAFE BET. LOL, GET IT?

Sorry, now really all jokes aside, you're not going to spot anything new. You're gonna get the shaky cam and the breathless editing; you're gonna get the gritty fisticuff action; you're gonna get the conspiracies and whatnot. So don't come here thinking that this is gonna be something exceeding the likes of the Bourne series. However, it emulates the Bourne series excellently with a surprisingly dynamic relationship between Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) and Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds). So it's an above-average, enjoyable action thriller but a forgettable one.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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