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FTN reviews Safe House

February 14th, 2012 by Marc Comments

Safe House (15)
Directed by: Daniel Espinosa
Starring: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds and Robert Patrick
Running Time: 115mins

Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds star in the action-thriller Safe House. Washington plays the most dangerous renegade from the CIA, who comes back onto the grid after a decade on the run. When the South African safe house he’s remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative (Reynolds) escapes with him. Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead.

Like a good conspiracy theory movie that’s also jam-packed with action and bone-crunching fight scenes? Then you’ll really like Safe House. Denzel and Ryan are two compelling characters to watch in this one, both coming from different points of view but with equally gripping storylines. This film gives you absolutely no time to “settle in” or even get bored for that matter. It’s paced perfectly to carry you along and gradually unravel the mystery of this story.

Some good twists and turns will you keep you guessing on who’s working for whom and where on earth can you go when everyone seems to want you dead. It’s a spy thriller in the basic sense and sure if you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all but the actors came ready to do their job and the script keeps you right in the thick of it. If you like these types of films then it won’t be money wasted and I thought it was enjoyable enough to risk the high ticket price.

Thank the heavens for NO corny dialog or LOL moments when the actors try to “make a funny” in those ever-intense scenes which would have ruined the overall mood of the film. This movie gets gritty and dirty almost to the point where you think you’re watching a street brawl. The fight choreography shows in some parts but more so in Denzel’s character than in Ryan’s, with the younger of the two taking the brunt of the action scenes. Not to say Denzel dosen’t bring it with his skills, both as an actor and in the fight scenes. Magnificent car chases which are not burdened with an overuse of CGI, this one’s all thrill with the dialog to back it up.

Our secondary characters bring the movie around as Brendan and Vera head up the typical CIA big wigs you want to slap! How many conspiracies is the government covering up? Hollywood seems to think it’s more then we’d care to acknowledge but hey, it makes for great film. If my teddy bear (Brendan) is in a film and backed up with the likes of Denzel, you throw in some action and things that go “boom” and I’m sold. An exceptional job with sets and on-location shooting leave me pleased with Safe House I got everything I could have hoped for plus a little more.

5 out of 5 Nerds
Katie Dalton
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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….