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November 22, 2017
This is a very thin and predictable story, a highly derivative film overall. I like Denzel Washington, but in this he seems to be operating half-asleep most of the time. The movie seems like it's largely a rip-off of Bourne films and lacks much to hold us in the characters or the weak plot line. The direction and cinematography are fairly good, and Ryan Reynolds is better than I expected in the role that is really the core of the film, such as it is. The notion of dirty spies across various countries is not novel in the least, and I'm surprised that Washington served as one of the "producers" as well as acting in this, though I suspect this is a case of him doing it for the money so he can do the other projects he cares more about. I've seen DW in many films now, and this ranks as one of his most uninspired and undistinguished performances.
½ November 2, 2017
Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington make Safe House, an otherwise sluggishly paced, poorly written, insanely edited action that barely justifies its R rating, watchable.
½ August 19, 2017
Great cinematography and a few good action sequences. In a similar style to the Bourne movies, but not quite the same caliber. Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds both have solid and believable performances. The first half of the movie is fast-paced, intriguing, and suspenseful, the second half slowly falters, just barely keeping you puttering along. Worth a rental though, if you're in the mood for a good (enough) action movie.
Super Reviewer
½ August 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.
July 26, 2017
Watched it several times's still a good solid action movie ?? great cast, awesome stunts and fights .... I it's my fav genre I love the movie ??????
½ July 7, 2017
WHAT I LIKED: At the core of 'Safe House' is actually one of the best spy/action storylines I've ever seen as it effectively takes an outsider right into the thick of the action so that the audience are truly scooped up and given a new angle to take. This not only allows for great opportunities to build tension though; it also allows the film to become, in some places, a rather neat commentary on espionage itself. Couple that with a brilliant cast (Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds both excel here) and what you end up with is a lot of ingredients that often work to deliver an engaging and occasionally intelligent spy/action flick.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Sadly what stops it from becoming anything more than that is its execution, as 'Safe House' looses its grip on much of the tension and excitement as its script starts to struggle with its light themes and increasingly heavy story, and the editing of the action sequences seems miles away from the slick stuff audiences are so accustomed too by now.
VERDICT: 'Safe House,' is a film with an awful lot of potential, and whilst the execution lets things down, it's still undoubtedly an engaging and occasionally exciting movie.
June 18, 2017
Existem filmes de ação que tentam envolver o público com enredos e personagens bem desenvolvidos, e há filmes de ação onde os cineastas injetam muitas cenas de perseguição, tiroteios e lutas tentando torná-los tão barulhento quanto puderem, na esperança de criar alguma adrenalina no público . Safe House Torna-se um excelente exemplo de que não importa quantas perseguições e outras sequências de ação que possam haver na trama, eles não podem substituir elementos importantes como criatividade.
June 10, 2017
Kinda muddled but watchable.. cant remember anything about it.
May 28, 2017
Enjoyed the short flashes of good acting from Ryan and Denzel. Action was mundane. Story line was fairly predictable. Had potential to be much better than it was.
May 13, 2017
Not a bad plot but The Equalizer was way better!
½ March 26, 2017
Great movie in this genre. Moves at a great pace. No surprises special or awful.
March 5, 2017
Vero good action film....together with a bunch of Crispino potatoes and a cool beer looks gorgeus!??
January 19, 2017
One of Denzel Washington's biggest box office successes. Blood and guts for those who love spy thrillers, but to this viewer it was a string of Cape Town action sequences without enough holding the plot together.
January 3, 2017
It's good movie to watch
Super Reviewer
½ December 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.
December 3, 2016
I love the entire cast but the film itself could have been better. 5 stars for Denzel, Brendan, Liam, and Ryan!
November 23, 2016
Good story, some twists. Decent acting, good fight scenes.
½ November 7, 2016
Humdrum Bourne knockoff.
½ October 25, 2016
Washington and Reynolds play well off each other in this action thriller that has many unbelievable situations, including these two opposite characters ending up working together. Be that as it may, the action grabs hold and never lets up. I saw the "mole" from a mile away - first time I saw the character actually. The action and sheer star power of the two leads made it more than merely watchable for me.
October 16, 2016
Tue story is simple but well shown, actors Ryan and Denzel rae making a good job. Much action and suspence strike the director's gol of entertainment. Only 1 disadvantage, cameras film the scenes too much histerically sometimes, not nausea effect but close
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