Safe House


Safe House

Critics Consensus

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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Audience Reviews for Safe House

  • Aug 15, 2017
    Safe House is a well acted action thriller. I mean if you are going to bring in Ryan Reynolds, Denzel Washington, Brendan Gleeson and Vera're pretty much halfway to making a good film. Yet somehow this still fell short from being great. We follow Washington who plays a dangerous renegade with important information. On the run from mercenaries that raided a safe house, Reynolds attempts to prove himself by bringing him in. Full of espionage, double crossing and a damn convoluted plot in an attempt to make it engaging. But in actual fact, it's just generic. If you've watched this, then you'll probably remember nothing about the story. Seriously, give it a shot. Acting though was spot on. Washington and Reynolds made for an uneasy chemistry and the two work well together. Kind of like a master and his apprentice, except this master is on the opposite side of the law to his apprentice. Farmiga, criminally underrated by the way, was underused. Her character was pretty much pointless which infuriates me every time I watch this. Gleeson was good, but again was underused until the final act. The action scenes were great, the first act is definitely the most lively. A car crash, a raided safe house and a car chase in Cape Town. It was exhilarating and Daniel Espinosa filmed it rather well. Sound mixing was noteworthy, the gun shots were loud and piercing which always gets me pumped when watching an action flick. The locations were varied, from the streets of Cape Town to a football stadium filled with hooligans playing vuvuzelas (do you remember them? Flipping awful things). Just nothing felt fresh. It's a "been there done that" scenario too scared to try something new in case the film doesn't make back its budget. If the plot was engaging, this would've been a great surprise but sadly it's just good. Entirely watchable and well crafted, but nothing outstanding.
    Luke A Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2016
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2016
    A very under appreciated film that yes the script could of been abit better but Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds performance and pretty good action scenes make up for it, The story was good but kind of a missed opportunity, But still a good action thriller.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2015
    Half the film is ripped off The Rock, the other half is cobbled together from some left over 90's action movie script.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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