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Safe House Film Review
Directed by Daniel Espinosa
Written by David Guggenheim
Starring Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds and Robert Patrick
When a C.I.A Safe House keeper is given the task of looking after one of the most notorious C.I.A defectors in history, he thinks his previously stalling career is on the up. But when the Safe House is breached and he has to detain and subsequently chase down his tenant, things go from bad to worse.
Ryan Reynolds plays C.I.A Safe House keeper Matt Weston, who has, since graduating 12 months ago, has been playing baby sitter to an empty C.I.A Safe House. Matt is desperate to progress within the organisation but his career seems to have stalled badly. This is until Tobin Frost, played by Denzel Washington, is brought in to his house to be detained and interrogated. Frost, a previous shining light in the C.I.A, had disappeared of the grid after it was suspected he was selling government information to the highest bidders.
Frost had walked in to the American Consulate and handed himself him in, after a deal that he was invlved in had gone wrong and he had become the target of a hit. When Weston's Safe House is breached and the interogation team are executed, Weston extracts Frost, and under instructions from his bosses attempts to keep Frost detained and both of them hidden from the enemy threat.
When Frost escapes, Weston then becomes the subject of senior investigation on the premise that he might the inside man that has enabled Frost to escape. he is told to stand down, and leave the rest of the chase to other operatives. But Weston is desperate to make his mark and takes it upon himself to track Frost down, and return him to custody.
As the chase intensifies, Weston and Frost rejoin and the senior man Frost gets in to the mind of Weston and starts to reveal to him the darker side of the organisation he works for.
We all know that Denzel Washington is a truly fantastic actor, and even when placed in a mediocre film, his ability to steal the screen can lift said film to a level it may not actually deserve. This isn't one of the films that Washington will be remembered for and he probably won't be too bothered about that. I was more interested to see how Ryan Reynolds would come of in a role that couldn't be further from the nightmare that he was part of when he played Hal Jordan in The Green Lantern! Reynolds wasn't given the opportunity to make one wise crack in Safe House and I think he puled this one off. To be honest the character doesn't exude a lot of different emotions and this probably played in to his hands. His previous film that showed similar emotion, Buried, went down well with me, but I think this had more to do with the story and epic twist! Given more opportunity in these sorts of roles I think Reynolds can grow, but for me, he excels as the King of the wise crack. And roles such as Hanibal Kane in Blade Trinity and Deadpool in Wolverine Origins, are his true forte!
As for the bulk of the film, anybody that has seen any of the Bourne films will be looking for the baddy and find him pretty quickly, I'm not that clever and had him/her by about 30 minutes in. It's heavy on the action, car chases are fast and create a lot of damage. And the physical contact is brutal and bloody.
Safe House doesn't tax the brain much but I honestly think Reynolds steps up and adds to his acting to repertoire. But I haven't to mention something disturbing that I noticed near the end of the film. Reynolds has been in a quite a hefty fight and is in pain, but the face he pulls makes him look like the spitting image of Kevin Webster! ( a character out of Coronation Street) This observation is for my English readers! Not sure if any of you other guys get it?