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Running Time:
1 hour, 54 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for strong violence throughout and some language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A nasty and chaotic thriller with an unimaginative script and choppily edited action sequences.

Additional Info:
Denzel Washington ... Frost
Ryan Reynolds ... Matt Weston
Sam Shepard ... Harlan Whitford
Rubén Blades ... Carlos Villar
Nora Arnezeder ... Ana Moreau
Robert Patrick ... Daniel Kiefer
Liam Cunningham ... Alec Wade
Vera Farmiga ... Catherine Linklater
Brendan Gleeson ... David Barlow

Safe House
Safe House 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 assignment. 

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.

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