Safe House, starring Denzel Washington, playing Tobin Frost, and Ryan Reynolds, playing Matt Weston, is an action-filled thriller. Is it a movie that’s going to expand the boundaries of the action agent genre?
Are you going to get what you pay for?
Safe House is a solid entry into the action movie canon, with plenty of car chases, melee combat and fire fights. Are there any big surprises? Not really…well, maybe one.
The acting is great. I mean, who doesn’t like to watch Denzel and Ryan prance across the screen. They got that movie star charm firing on all eight cylinders, and you empathize with Weston (Reynolds), and even the morally ambiguous Frost (Washington). One thing that is unique, and that I thoroughly enjoyed, is that Tobin Frost plays (well, for most of the movie), a very intelligent bad guy. He doesn’t make the bone-headed mistakes that many a movie villain makes. That’s refreshing. Just because you’re evil or bad, doesn’t make you stupid.
In the end, Safe House is cut from the same mold as many a movie of its ilk, packing the two hours with so much action that we won’t notice that the movie doesn’t have all that much plot.
So, in summary, if you go to see Safe House with high expectations, don’t say I didn’t warn you, but if you go if with the intent to be entertained and not think all that much for two hours, you won’t be disappointed.
3.0 / 5.0