1 hour, 54 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for strong violence throughout and some language
Denzel Washington ...
Ryan Reynolds ...
Sam Shepard ...
Rubén Blades ...
Nora Arnezeder ...
Robert Patrick ...
Liam Cunningham ...
Vera Farmiga ...
Brendan Gleeson ...
| Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) is a former CIA agent who went rogue and has been on the lam
for years, selling intelligence secrets to anyone who'll buy. As Safe House
opens, Frost is in Capetown, finalizing a deal for a cache of incriminating
documents he intends to put on the market. But he and his contact
become targets of a gang of heavily-armed assassins, and so Frost turns
himself in at the US consulate. There, he’s quickly transferred to a safe house presided over by bored, young rookie, Matt
Weston (Ryan Reynolds) biding his time with girlfriend Ana (Nora Arnezeder) in the picturesque
South African city, waiting for his next field
While Frost is being grilled by a CIA interrogation squad headed by Daniel
Kiefer (Robert Patrick) using the most extreme methods,
including waterboarding, the place is invaded by the same gang that tried to kill Frost earlier, leaving Kiefer and his associates dead, only Weston
and Frost have survived. Weston must keep his captive and
himself alive until they can reach another safe house, but that’s hardly an easy task, since
they’re being constantly pursued.
Periodically the film cuts to Langley, where Director Harlan Whitford (Sam
Shepard) and his top lieutenants Catherine Linklater (Vera Farmiga) and
David Barlow (Brendan Gleeson) are constantly bickering about how to proceed. And there's also an avalanche of car chases, foot chases, fistfights and gun
battles, all staged with as high a level of violence and edge
that director Daniel Espinosa ("East Money") can manage. It's all filmed with a jittery handheld camera,
punctuating everything with cruelly oppressive close-ups with most of the color bleached from the film to give it a dry, grim appearance. Safe House attempts to be smart, edgy and exciting, but, it’s basically dumb,
ugly and, despite all the mayhem, curiously dull.