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
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Safe House (2012) / Reviews

Village Voice

Village Voice

Scattered but not totally disagreeable CIA conspiracy thriller.

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Variety

Variety

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

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USA Today

USA Today

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

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New York Post

New York Post

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.

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New York Daily News

New York Daily News

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

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

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

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

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

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