Safe House (2012) – 5/10 conspiracy thriller movie review

Cast / crew
Actor and Executive Producer Tobin Frost: Denzel Washington
Ryan Reynolds: Matt Weston
Vera Farmiga: Catherine Linklater
Brendan Gleeson: David Barlow
Sam Shepard: Harlan Whitford
Ruben Blades: Carlos Villar
Nora Arnezeder: Ana Moreau
Robert Patrick: Daniel Keefer
Producer: Scott Stuber
Writer: David Guggenheim
Director: Daniel Espinosa

Safe House (2012)

Matt Weston is a frustrated CIA safehouse-sitter, waiting for promotion to a more active role. One night, his safehouse is called into action to host US traitor Tobin Frost but shortly after he and his escort arrives, a dozen well-armed men turn up and get to shooting. Which is against protocol.


Resolutely half-hearted conspiracy thriller which consistently treats the audience with disdain by lumping ostentatiously unconvincing situations and tiresome plot ‘twists’ onto the screen without wit, excitement, humanity or finesse. Oddly, Ryan Reynolds weeps during the entire film; seriously, it is possible that there is not a scene where he isn’t welling up. He’s clearly doing this instead of acting or being charismatic but it’s still bizarre. While the film is watchable and just about keeps the attention, it’s yet another Hollywood action film where the action is only occasionally captured on film. There used to be a time when you could come out of a movie and name the action scene: “you remember the scene where…” Sadly, it seems those days are long past.

This movie contains A single sexual swear word in the movie, a sexual swear word in lyrics, adult dialogue, mild nudity, strong, gory violence

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.


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