How sad is this?
Best movie ever!
Beautiful, moving film.
Judging this movie strictly on the basis of entertainment value would surely give a 10/10. The action is non-stop and certainly intense throughout. The fight choreography is also extremely well done, while they don't adopt the "Bourne" method of just shaking the camera rapidly throughout the scene to give the impression of quicker and more complex fighting moves. The fight scenes with Ryan Reynolds, in particular, are shot in a way that show each individual move, which was incredible to watch.As for the acting, Denzel needs no description and was absolutely ideal for the role. I knew exactly what kind of stellar performance I was going to see immediately upon his first line with the MI6 agent. Ryan Reynolds was the surprise here, as I had little to no respect for his acting ability prior to this role. His casting as the protagonist actually slightly deterred my interest in seeing the movie initially. I've now been on the Reynolds bandwagon since viewing Safe House due to how well he portrayed this character. His acting specifically after the last fight scene in the desert safe house was quite impressive. The chemistry between Denzel and Ryan carries the film and makes their gradual character development all the more believable. Safe House should be recommended to any viewer hoping for some action packed entertainment.
Mild mannered Steve Harrigan, a TV talking head, underwent water-boarding on air. He should have been the protagonist, because junior spook Ryan Reynolds had a sissy fit when his organization decided to water-board rogue agent Denzel Washington."Is this legal?" Reynolds asked breathlessly, as the movie used camera angles, dramatic scene switches and shock-horror music, as if a government agency water-boarding an American perceived traitor were the same as beheading him.This happened about ten minutes into the movie. I immediately stopped watching, weary of the agitprop prevalent in most movies, and more of the trivial Bush bashing. Pathetic.
(55%) A largely routine action movie that on the one hand has a pretty good cast with Washington elevating the movie with his usual brand of rock solid acting, with decent support from the likes of better than average Ryan Reynolds and Brendan Gleeson who's always worth keeping an eye on. But sadly on the other hand this is a messy directed, somewhat lazily written film that hampers the commitment of the cast. The South African setting though is nice and unique and a change of pace to Hollywood (not to mention it's a heck of a lot cheaper to shoot out there) but that aspect isn't enough to stop this from falling between the cracks and being just another action time passer.
Tobin Frost (Washington) has been transferred to a safe house after turning himself in to the American Embassy in South Africa. The CIA agent in charge of the safe house is rookie Matt Weston (Reynolds). However, not long after Frost is brought to the safe house, it is compromised by a gang of mercenaries who are trying to kill Frost. Weston manages to escape with his prisoner, however not only does this rookie have the responsibility of dealing with one of the CIA's most wanted rogue agents, he has the added task of trying to evade the mercenaries who want Frost dead. What was supposed to be a routine "interrogation" at the safe house has now turned into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse.While not the best movie of this type, Safe House is still a pretty decent, fast paced action thriller that is well played out with both Reynolds and Washington delivering good performances. Washington brings a nice sort of menace - but nothing evil - to the character of Frost and we know how well he plays those parts because he's done it before in Training Day.The story is well written that keeps you watching, even if it does tend to get a wee bit slow in places. I know that films can't have a good story AND be non-stop action at the same time, but there's just something that it lacks to make it that much better.There are a few wee twists and turns, and I guess the main one is pretty predictable, but even with this it's still a well-structured plot and as the movie goes on, you actually start to wonder who the "bad guys" of the film really are as well.All in all, Safe House is a good movie to watch, like I say, and if you enjoy good action thrillers then you won't go far wrong with this one.