Overall Rank: 2510
Average Rating: 2.8/4
# of Ratings: 148
Theatrical Release Date: 02/10/2012
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 06/05/2012
Genre: Action, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Denzel Washington, Vera Farmiga, Joel Kinnaman, Brendan Gleeson, Robert Patrick
Plot: A house under the protection of the CIA becomes a target and it is up to the facility's house sitter to extract the criminal in hiding and take him to a secure location. -- Chris Kavan
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mitchellyoung - wrote on 07/19/2012
The spy vs. spy plot is somewhat predictable (you can kind of anticipate most of twists from a mile away,) but the film's brutal action sequences are kinetic and the acting pairing of Reynolds and Washington holds a unique power that makes the movie better than its source material.
Ean Vali - wrote on 06/11/2012
To keep it short: not I was hoping for. Lots of unrealistic action. Sometimes more drama than thriller / action movie. Oh, well it was better that watching footbal....
chrisdye newguy - wrote on 03/13/2012
well i did not origanaly plan on seeing this movie but when i finaly watched it itwas not that bad it was actualy rather good a fun action thrill ride from start to finish and was womderful well the story goes a little like this a man who has comited some bad sin in his past is trying to get in good with the cops and be set free from prison there is only one problem his ways have not changed and he is still the same man he used to be and now it is up to one cop to save the city and get him back where he belongs before it is too late and the clock is ticking so he must get back to prison before there is ever more trouble
Full Movie Reviews
Matthew Brady - wrote on 10/10/2014
Tobin Frost: "I'm already in your head".
Safe House is about a house under the protection of the CIA becomes a target and it is up to the facility's house sitter to extract the criminal in hiding and take him to a secure location.
Let me start off with the goods: Denzel Washington in this movie nails it as the smart guy who will mess with you mind no matter what. I feel really sorry for Ryan Reynolds for being in movies that mostly bomb at the box office or him getting slammed by critics, but in this film he did a good job, but his character in the movie was really boring. Played the normal boring guy that the movie wants us to care about but you don't. Some of the action scenes where really well done, but some of the action scenes where shot poorly.
Now for the bad: The …
Lee - wrote on 08/09/2012
One of the best films of 2012 so far in my own honest opinion! This is my kind of film you know the one with a kickass trailer and then the movie is twice as good? Safe House is one of those films. Action packed right from the initial get go as Ryan Reynolds is working for the CIA as watch person (housekeeper in the film) for a safe house. Of coarse the very first guest of his safe house gets brought in during the middle of the night wearing a hood so he cannot know where he is. When the hood is removed it turns out to be CIA's most wanted fugitive Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington). Shortly after Frost gets brought there the safe house gets breached. We dont know who the men storming in are but we do know they all want Frost!! This leaves Mr. Reynolds in charge of getting this notorious …
MovieAddict - wrote on 06/03/2012
“You wanna be the guy that lost Tobin Frost…tick tock…tick tock….”
“Everyone betrays everyone!”
”The truth is too messy…keeps ‘em up nights”
Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) is a low-level CIA agent manning a seldom-used safe house in Cape Town. His life is boring and routine until they bring in one of the Agency's most wanted, rogue CIA agent Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) to interrogate.
Frost however is the target of mercenaries, and when they attack the safe house, all hell breaks loose and Weston is forced to go on the run with Frost and figure out what the heck is going on in the grimy world of espionage and corruption.
Denzel is his usual brilliant self and Ryan was terrific as the rookie CIA agent tasked with looking after the older more experienced …
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LeeAnn M. - wrote on 2012-02-18 08:11
I am so glad I took the chance to see Safe House. It was not what I expected at all, and it proved that Denzel Washington's Oscar win was not a fluke. It seemed to be a mix between Training Day and Bourne Identity with all the action and car chases. The camera shaking is a little too much to take at times, but I guess that adds to the realism of the situations such as the fight scenes. For a February movie, Safe House really went beyond my expectations and turned out to be a very entertaining …
LeeAnn M. - wrote on 2011-11-05 06:58
I agree. Like I said, the trailer looks great. But the film's success hinges on that if you mentioned. I just find it strange that it's not going to be released this year for Oscar concideration, or wait until April or May. Post a review on Filmcrave when you see it. I've been burned by too many January-February fims in the past, so I'm a tad bit skeptical to see it the first few days it comes out.
Chris Kavan - wrote on 2011-11-04 18:38
If Denzel can channel the same spirit he could in American Gangster and Training Day, I don't care when the movie is released - it will be a worthwhile film.
LeeAnn M. - wrote on 2011-11-03 18:56
The last time Denzel Washington played a character from the wrong side of the law, he won an Oscar for it. Ryan Reynolds made Sandra Bullock shine in "The Proposal". The trailer looks great. The only thing that prevents me from getting too excited for the release of this film is the release date. Is the movie so bad that it is warranted a February release? I certainly hope not.