If you love the heady thrill of good action films, if you relish the talent of Denzel Washington and if you enjoy an entertaining two-hours at the movies, then you definitely don’t want to miss Safe House.
The midnight show of Safe House at a theatre on the U.S. East Coast evoked a good response with over 50 people (mostly Black) braving the chill and filing into the hall.
Man, we haven’t had such a good time feasting our eyes over an action movie in months.
And we bet the rest of the audience too had an equally good time.
Directed by Swedish film-maker Daniel Espinosa (of Snabba Cash fame) from a screenplay by David Guggenheim, Safe House sets a scorching pace from within 10 minutes of the start and never lets up till the end.
Set for the most part in Cape Town, South Africa, Safe House has Denzel Washington playing a rogue CIA agent Tobin Frost with superb finesse.
At CIA headquarters in Langley, the suits damn Frost as a ‘notorious traitor’ and in the same breath hail him as one of the agency’s finest.
But for the last nine years, Frost has been playing his own game and is now wanted for espionage in four continents!
When one afternoon Frost walks into the U.S. Consulate at Cape Town out of the blue, all hell breaks loose at the agency.
The suits at CIA headquarters quickly order Frost to be taken to a safe house for questioning by agency operatives.
Then it’s time to meet Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds, the former Mr.Scarlett Johansson), the CIA agent in charge of the safe house.
Our man Weston has been chomping at the bit lately over what he considers a horribly dull posting.
But from the moment Frost is brought into the safe house with a hood over his head by a bunch of CIA operatives who then proceed to promptly water-board (not torture says Dickhead Cheney) him, Weston gets more action than he can handle for the next three days as deadly enemies with heavy artillery pursue Frost relentlessly.
If you think 57 is too old for all those high-wire fast-driving, chasing, running, jumping, leaping across rooftops, shooting and fighting, Denzel Washington, an Oscar winning actor, will easily make you eat humble pie.
Early in the movie, you get a sense of Tobin Frost’s skills as he smoothly and effortlessly breaks an assailant’s neck in the booth of a restroom.
Whether he’s breaking someone’s neck, calmly shooting his pursuers or mocking his ‘protector’ Matt Weston, Denzel Washington owns the movie as he plays the renegade CIA operative with extraordinary aplomb.
Rest of the Cast
It’s to Ryan Reynolds’s credit that he plays a solid second to Washington as the rookie CIA agent determined to safeguard his house-guest, even after the safe house is breached, and deliver him to his superiors.
The photography is handled superbly by Oliver Wood, who cut his ‘action’ teeth filming the three Bourne movies.
Brendan Gleeson, Rubén Blades, Nora Arnezeder and Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga and Sam Shepard make up a formidable supporting cast.
Your favorite blog SearchIndia.com strongly recommends Safe House for all lovers of action films, conspiracy buffs and Denzel Washington fans. Safe House is playing in theatres across America this weekend.