Safe House

An idealistic rookie has to protect a rogue agent in this by-the-numbers thriller

Safe House

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Director: Daniel Espinosa
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Denzel Washington, Vera Farmiga
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Japanese title: Dangerous Run

Elevated above the norm by Swedish director Daniel Espinosa’s kinetic visuals, a smart script by David Guggenheim and Denzel Washington’s charismatic intelligence, this exciting spy thriller throws together idealistic rookie Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) and ‘rogue’ CIA agent Tobin Frost (Washington). When Frost surrenders to the US Embassy in South Africa, Weston’s bosses back at Langley have no time to ponder his twisted motives. Minutes after Weston’s ‘safe house’ receives Frost for interrogation, the place is overrun by mercenaries, forcing him and his ‘house guest’ to go on the run. But who should he trust: sociopath Frost or his superiors?

The rest is one long, exhausting chase scene, with occasional breaks for slightly stilted dialogue, taking in the Green Point football stadium, the labyrinthine Langa Township, shootouts, and mind-games by Frost. While director Espinosa hones in on the ambiguous battle between Weston’s idealism and Frost’s cynicism, British cinematographer Oliver Wood – who filmed the last two Bourne movies – shoots the hell out of everything.

Safe House opens nationwide on September 7

By Nigel Floyd
Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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