Synopsis: A young CIA agent finds himself on the run with a fugitive after the safe house he was guarding is attacked.
Description: Ryan Reynolds, Denzel Washington and Robert Patrick star in the crime-action-thriller about a CIA agent and a criminal on the run.
Review: Under the ominous headline that “No One is Safe” Safe House is a movie about corruption in which a bored CIA agent (Reynolds) has to team up with a dangerous criminal (Washington) to make sure both of them make it through the 115 minutes alive.
After several years of unquestioning duty in a largely inactive safe house in South African back water Matt Weston finds himself the soul guard for a renegade CIA agent who has been on the run for over ten years; when suddenly their not-so-safe safe house is attacked by mercenaries. It quickly becomes apparent that this is more than a local grudge against fugitive Tobin Frost and that in fact some one on the inside of the CIA is trying to ensure the secret Frost has been keeping for ten years stays secret.
Reynolds’, who is becoming more and more frustrated by his job as a CIA agent, is precisely what you expect him to be, a little over zealous and ultimately learning a very important lesson, whilst Washington is only a bad guy in as much as he has a massive criminal record, beyond that he’s actually a fairly reasonable guy and he and Reynolds get on like a house on fire – or rather a house under extreme gunfire – as they battle to stay alive.
The most interesting aspect of the movie is probably that it was set in Cape Town, South Africa which makes a change from the repetitive American streets these movies usually inhabit. Otherwise it’s all fairly predictable; it’s pretty intense, there’s mild suspense and rather more action than is really necessary, but that doesn’t mean it’s not entertaining, it’s just not very special.