Safe House (2012)

Safe House (2012)

Safe House (2012)

Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds star in this action thriller, set in South Africa, about a young CIA agent forced to go on the run with the fugitive he’s supposed to be guarding.

Matt Weston (Reynolds) is a young operative tasked with babysitting the former-agent-gone-rogue Tobin Frost (Washington). When a band of rebel soldiers bombard the safe house and destroy the facility, Weston hastily tries to escort Frost to another secure location. As the situation deepens and malicious intentions are revealed, the two form a hesitant partnership.

2012Rating: M, contains violence & offensive language115 minsUSA, South Africa
ActionThriller
79%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Safe (as) House's

Safe House Great film that allowed for the passing of control from different actors throughout the picture. Like 'cat & mouse' films but at least the camera was mostly still. Reminded me of a 'Bourne' series but with a partner instead of a girl. Both Ryan an Denzel work well in their roles and this helps bring this action flick to life. Great pop-corn...

3.0
0

Denzel is great

Denzel plays Tobin Frost a CIA operative who has gone rogue.Matt Weston played by Ryan Reynolds is a young man working in the CIA who wants more experience. He gets the experience of a lifetime, when Tobin falls into his Safe House. This is a fun thriller. Worth seeing just for Denzel's great acting. Not a classic though.

3.0
0

Extract from theaterofthecommonman.com

Extract from theaterofthecommonman.com Despite the critical waterboarding Safe House has been getting I actually rather enjoy the film. Clearly influenced by the Bourne Trilogy (although not nearly as burnished) I found the picture sustainable despite its limited one-note plot progression. Even with its somewhat lackadaisical conception Safe House is...

3.0
0

why did they all speak french in South Africa?

I don't get why he was speaking French tothe policemen in S.A. The trailer is misleading, this movie has a crusty ending, and drags on at times. Characters are never clear cut enough - you got Ryan Reynolds playing innocent kid who totally throws everything out the window at the end, even when he was told not to (why!?!) and then you got Denzel who is...

1.0
0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

Scattered but not totally disagreeable CIA conspiracy thriller.

0
Variety

Variety

press

A viciously energetic South Africa-set actioner that makes up in sweaty atmosphere and brute force what it lacks in surprise.

0
USA Today

USA Today

press

A bracing action thriller made all the more watchable because of its two lead performances.

0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

An efficient spy chase film.

0
New York Post

New York Post

press

May strike you as a brilliant movie, provided you’ve seen fewer than, say, 10 spy thrillers. I’ve seen more than 10 spy thrillers.

0
New York Daily News

New York Daily News

press

Devolves into unexciting action scenes that feel left over from the Bourne flicks.

2.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A take-no-prisoners action extravaganza that doesn't stint on either bullets or brutal hand-to-hand combat.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Dramatically, the film hangs together well enough but the repetitive nature of the action and lack of stylistic shadings and nuance ultimately prove rather grinding.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

Action-movie porridge gussied up into a less-clever-than-it-seems mystery.

0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Gets off to a strong start, but the tension slackens halfway through and never recovers.

0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

Scattered but not totally disagreeable CIA conspiracy thriller.

0
Variety

Variety

press

A viciously energetic South Africa-set actioner that makes up in sweaty atmosphere and brute force what it lacks in surprise.

0
USA Today

USA Today

press

A bracing action thriller made all the more watchable because of its two lead performances.

0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

An efficient spy chase film.

0
New York Post

New York Post

press

May strike you as a brilliant movie, provided you’ve seen fewer than, say, 10 spy thrillers. I’ve seen more than 10 spy thrillers.

0
New York Daily News

New York Daily News

press

Devolves into unexciting action scenes that feel left over from the Bourne flicks.

2.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A take-no-prisoners action extravaganza that doesn't stint on either bullets or brutal hand-to-hand combat.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Dramatically, the film hangs together well enough but the repetitive nature of the action and lack of stylistic shadings and nuance ultimately prove rather grinding.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

Action-movie porridge gussied up into a less-clever-than-it-seems mystery.

0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Gets off to a strong start, but the tension slackens halfway through and never recovers.

0

Safe (as) House's

Safe House Great film that allowed for the passing of control from different actors throughout the picture. Like 'cat & mouse' films but at least the camera was mostly still. Reminded me of a 'Bourne' series but with a partner instead of a girl. Both Ryan an Denzel work well in their roles and this helps bring this action flick to life. Great pop-corn...

3.0
0

Denzel is great

Denzel plays Tobin Frost a CIA operative who has gone rogue.Matt Weston played by Ryan Reynolds is a young man working in the CIA who wants more experience. He gets the experience of a lifetime, when Tobin falls into his Safe House. This is a fun thriller. Worth seeing just for Denzel's great acting. Not a classic though.

3.0
0

Extract from theaterofthecommonman.com

Extract from theaterofthecommonman.com Despite the critical waterboarding Safe House has been getting I actually rather enjoy the film. Clearly influenced by the Bourne Trilogy (although not nearly as burnished) I found the picture sustainable despite its limited one-note plot progression. Even with its somewhat lackadaisical conception Safe House is...

3.0
0

why did they all speak french in South Africa?

I don't get why he was speaking French tothe policemen in S.A. The trailer is misleading, this movie has a crusty ending, and drags on at times. Characters are never clear cut enough - you got Ryan Reynolds playing innocent kid who totally throws everything out the window at the end, even when he was told not to (why!?!) and then you got Denzel who is...

1.0
0