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A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge.

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Storyline

Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA rookie who is manning a safe house in Cape Town, South Africa, when Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) the CIA's most wanted rogue agent is captured and taken to the safe house. During Frost's interrogation, the safe house is overtaken by mercenaries who want Frost. Weston and Frost escape and must stay out of the gunmen's sight until they can get to another safe house. Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

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No One Is Safe


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Rated R for strong violence throughout and some language | See all certifications »

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10 February 2012 (USA)  »

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Protegiendo al enemigo  »

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$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$40,172,720 (USA) (10 February 2012)

Gross:

$126,149,655 (USA) (11 May 2012)
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Thanks to a clause in the contract, where Denzel Washington needs to greenlight a director, Espinosa wasn't fired due to artistic differences between him and the producers. Denzel said that he wanted Espinosa to direct and that's that, so the producers let Espinosa finish the movie. See more »

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Swartkops Air Force Base is not situated in Johannesburg, it is in Pretoria, 50km North of Johannesburg See more »

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Tobin Frost: You're a good boy, Matthew. You know what you are?
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Tobin Frost: I know what you're not... You're better than me.
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Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
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8 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Safe House" looks and feels like a thousand other similar movies, and does nothing but tread water in the genre. "Safe House" is an overlong, underwhelming generic spy thriller. There are car chases, double-crosses, prolonged fight sequences--all of which add up to very little. The pacing is uneven, the frenetic action is rarely suspenseful, and it drags out to an improbable conclusion.

"Safe House" has an A-list cast, but can't compensate for a weak story line that doesn't deliver anything substantial. Ryan Reynolds gives a fine performance, but others are simply going through the motions for purposes of refreshing their bank accounts. Denzel could play this role in his sleep, and at times, he appears he is doing just that. "Safe House" tries to be a little different by not transforming into a buddy film. No warmth is evident between Frost and Weston, who remain adversaries almost to the end. Some sort of relationship, however, might have been preferable.


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