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Safe House (1998)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 24 January 1999 (USA)
A psychological thriller; Mace Sowell, an ex-intelligence operative and whose past government activities catches up with him, faces his own mortality, in the shape of the onset of ... See full summary »

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A psychological thriller; Mace Sowell, an ex-intelligence operative and whose past government activities catches up with him, faces his own mortality, in the shape of the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Holding the electronic key to secret information which implicates a Presidential front-runner, Mace struggles for his life while battling the debilitating effects of the disease. Written by Anonymous

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When Patrick Stewart's character Mace is putting the dummy back in the closet, he straightens his clothes. During the shooting of Star Trek, Patrick Stewart did this so often that it came to be called the Picard Maneuver. See more »

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When Stewart gets shot and falls back into the pool, the rectangular outline of the squib-pad is visible through his shirt. See more »

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Mace: What sort of name is 'Andi' for a girl?
Andi: It's short for Andrea. What sort of name is 'Mace'?
Mace: It's short for 'in your face'!
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References Goldfinger (1964) See more »

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Captain Picard it ain't
24 January 1999 | by (Rolla, MO) – See all my reviews

"Safe House" is a movie in some ways similar to "Conspiracy Theory," with the central figure of neurotic Mace Sowell. He's getting old, but keeps his skills sharp by constant physical exercise and target practice. He lives in a fortress house, endlessly watching the routines of the neighbors and the world around him; he's got enough surveillance to put the FBI to shame and enough firepower to take on an army. He also practises drills with his pool man.

All this is very trying for his daughter, especially as she goes through one maid after another who encounters the wrong end of the "drills" until she finds a finds a keeper for her father up to the task.

Stewart is not only fighting his "enemies" but the encroachment of alzheimer's disease. He may win the battle, but not know what happened. However, the movie knows when to add in comic relief, and several scenes were incredibly funny.

"Safe House" took several turns in the plot; just when you thought you knew what was about to happen something different happened. Is Stewart really just a paranoid old man?

I can't say I liked the ending, but true to the movie's form it was unexpected, and did fit in with the overall theme of the story.

Well worth seeing.


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