Tobin Frost, the most dangerous renegade from the CIA, comes back onto the grid after a decade on the run. When the South African safe house he’s remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative escapes with him. Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead.
RT Rating: Audience 72% Critic 53% (Sunday night opening weekend)
There are two ways to look at this movie: through entertainment and technical lenses. For the purposes of this review I will mainly stay with the former.
Safe House is a true action flick. You have fist fights, gun fights, running, chasing, dead bodies, and all of that stuff one looks for in this kind of movie. On top of that, you have strong performances from the entire cast, with a pinpoint on Reynolds and Washington as they are a good pairing. I could even say this movie would be good on a date night. Guys get the action while girls get the eye candy in Ryan Reynolds. Unless you’re like me and you enjoy action just as much as the next guy.
The script is a little thin at times, but completely unnoticeable while in the theatre, if you get into the action of what is happening. I noticed while reading a few critic reviews on RT that critics found certain aspects of the fight scenes aren’t cut as well as they could have been. I’m not sure if I would really agree with this though, it’s clean cut, you see what they want you to see, you get the violence and the pain and the intense strength of the scenes, and I can’t really place any time when I wish I had seen something different or wanted a different shot. Maybe if I went back and analyzed every detail of the movie instead of enjoying myself I would have felt the same way, but who knows.
Finally, I’m giving this movie an 8 out of 10 for what it is because I had a lot of fun while watching, the action was good, there was some eye candy, and the action scenes were done really well and none of the problems were things I noticed while watching the film. If you’re not into going to the theatre and shelling out your ten bucks ten wait until it hits video, but I would recommend watching this movie.
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