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Monday, March 5, 2012

Movie Monday: Safe House

Hey everyone!
Safe House (2012) was my movie pick for my birthday weekend.  Here's what I thought about it . . . .

Director: Daniel Espinosa

Denzel Washington ("X", "Training Day" & "Glory"), plays Tobin Frost
Ryan Reynolds ("Smokin' Aces", "The Change Up" & "The Proposal"), plays Matt Weston
Vera Farmiga ("Up In The Air" & "Orphan"), plays Catherine Linklater
Brendan Gleeson ("The Guard" & "Troy"), plays David Barlow

What It's About: Ryan Reynolds plays Matt Weston, a young CIA agent who's tired of his incredibly boring Safe House assignment in South Africa.  Itching for a chance to prove himself, he's thrown in way over his head when his Safe House is attacked, upon the arrival of CIA rogue agent Tobin Frost, played by Washington.  What follows is a game of cat and mouse as Weston and Frost dodge bullets while trying to get to the nearest safe house AND figure out why people want Frost dead.

Why I Watched It: Uh, duh. . . . . Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. Oh yeah . . . and its an action film! 

Why This Film Rocks:  I LOVED the chemistry between Denzel and Ryan.  The two worked excellent together and both were convincing in their respective roles.  My favorite scene takes place about half way through the film.  It's the cool chase through the Soweto Housing area.  Without revealing anything, all I'm going to say is that Denzel, who's touching 60-years-old, STILL has skills.

Another cool aspect of the film are the surprises that keep popping up as the story progresses.  You don't find out who's REALLY after Frost until the very end, which ended up being a cool turn of events.

Why This Film Sucks: As far as I was concerned, the movie loses points for originality.  It reminded me WAY too much of the Bourne Identity series.  I mean granted the stories aren't identical but the whole rogue agent on the run theme and the way it was filmed were too similar for my taste. 

Would I Recommend It: If you're an action flick fan, then you won't be disappointed . . . . and if you're a HUGE fan of either Denzel or Ryan, you'll definitely be happy.

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