Safe House


Safe House

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



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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 Site

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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 Assistant
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 Guard
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 (Himself)
Bruce A. Young
as CIA Aide - S.A.
Aidan Whytock
as CIA Aide - S.A.
Geon Nel
as CIA Aide - S.A.
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Critic Reviews for Safe House

All Critics (187) | Top Critics (36)

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

Feb 26, 2012 | Full Review…

There are so many muscly, gun-toting guys having bloody brawls, it looks like some online research has been carried out to see what niche audience might appreciate this film most.

Feb 23, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

While director Espinosa hones in on the ambiguous battle between Weston's idealism and Frost's cynicism, British cinematographer Oliver Wood - who filmed the last two Bourne movies - shoots the hell out of everything.

Feb 21, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

This is a naive director with so little insight you wonder what comic books he's been reading.

Feb 14, 2012 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Nothing really new here, but the cast is first-rate.

Feb 10, 2012 | Rating: 3.0/5 | Full Review…

"Safe House" has just enough bone density to emit some satisfying cracks and pops whenever the action gets going.

Feb 10, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Safe House


Decent if typical Hollywood action thriller with by now obligatory rah-rah underpinnings. By the numbers. Picked out the surprise twist ending bad guy in under 2 minutes. The cast simply needs to show up and be charming, and this much they manage. There's no real teeth here though.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Eh. S'okay.

Julie B
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
Dean King

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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

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