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Safe House (2012)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Mystery  |  10 February 2012 (USA)
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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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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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Release Date:

10 February 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Protegiendo al enemigo  »

Box Office


$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$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 »


During the chase with Frost in the boot Weston gets a cut in the face. It starts on his right cheek horizontally and switches to his left cheek vertically and back several times. See more »


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Matt Weston: How am I supposed to get more experience by staring at four walls all day?
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Danzel Saves What Really Is A Mess
10 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's an interesting albeit predictable action flick that's nothing special but delivers enough to make it worthwhile. It does feature what has to be the dumbest CIA operatives/handlers ever put on film. What transpires, especially early, will make most viewers say "why in the world didn't they just…" but getting past that means enjoying a film where Denzel Washington perfectly menaces and charms his way through every scene. Put just about anyone else in this role and the film would lose a lot. Ryan Reynolds was good enough and the rest of the stellar supporting cast is absolutely wasted. Again, I found it interesting despite it being three repetitive acts of mindless turns highlighting that the government is pure evil and they apparently keeping hiring the same set of mindless goons who race around guns blazing everywhere with little effect or competence whatsoever. Also, the camera work was AWFUL in terms of the overuse of the shaky cam.

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