In the year 2019, a plague has transformed almost every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind.
Four young men who belong to a supernatural legacy are forced to battle a fifth power long thought to have died out. Another great force they must contend with is the jealousy and suspicion that threatens to tear them apart.
A vampire named Saya, who is part of covert government agency that hunts and destroys demons in a post-WWII Japan, is inserted in a military school to discover which one of her classmates is a demon in disguise.
Alice awakes in Raccoon City, only to find it has become infested with zombies and monsters. With the help of Jill Valentine and Carlos Olivera, Alice must find a way out of the city before it is destroyed by a nuclear missile.
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)
Predictable but Entertaining, Excellent Performances
I'm of the opinion that out of all the movie stars and would-be movie
stars in Hollywood, Denzel Washington is one of, if not THE, safest
bet. I say this because I don't think I've ever met a person who
dislikes the man. In a culture that is built upon strong opinions and
holding to said opinions fiercely (this is the backbone of the industry
in many ways), it is a remarkable feat to put together a 20+ year
career like Denzel has without drawing the ire of someone or some
group. Age, race, and gender seem to matter not when it comes to
Denzel, whose films almost always find a way to exceed expectations
whether they are magnificent (Training Day, American Gangster) or
wholly lackluster (John Q, Unstoppable). There is an overriding sense
among a high percentage of moviegoers that if Denzel is in, so are
they. Safe House, a solid if uninspired action thriller, has proved
this theory to be true.
Instead of the undercover investigations and shoot outs he expected
when he joined the CIA, Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) has been relegated
to manning a safe house in Cape Town, South Africa. He is bored and he
wants some action, a desire that is all too well fulfilled at the
outset of the film when former CIA agent-turned-traitor Tobin Frost
(Washington) is brought to his house for interrogation. Soon after his
arrival, a militant force arrives to take possession of Frost, killing
the highly-trained team that brought Frost into the house. With no
other option, Weston grabs Frost and makes a bolt for it, barely
escaping the unknown villains who killed his comrades. With no other
teams in the area, Weston's superior, David Barlow (Brendan Gleeson),
tasks him with keeping Frost alive and in custody until he can be
collected, a proposition which turns out to be much more difficult and
complex than Weston would have ever imagined. With the assailants hot
on their trail and Frost crawling deeper and deeper in Weston's head,
the young agent must think fast and learn on the run before he becomes
another casualty of a dirty battle that Frost has sucked him into.
There are a few departures from the main storyline at work within Safe
House but these distractions are only there to lengthen the film and
add some uninteresting depth. This film lives and dies on the
performances of Reynolds and Washington, both of whom come through
beautifully. It's been a rough year for Reynolds whose star status has
been thrown into serious question with the failures of Green Lantern
and The Change-Up. This role, however, is a better fit for him,
allowing him to share the load with an established genre veteran
instead of being relied upon to carry a major film on his own. I was
pleasantly surprised at his ability to give Weston more depth than what
you usually get with this sort of film and I thought he hit the right
balance between being a half- terrified, inexperienced field agent and
being that hardened, "see this thing through to the bitter end"
character that Safe House had to have. Washington, meanwhile, is a tour
de force, exuding both charisma and menace in just the right amounts.
Always a commanding presence on the screen no matter what his role,
Washington is at his best when delivering his lines in that quiet,
calm, measured manner which he has become famous for and this is a role
that calls upon that ability several times. I can't say that this is
one of Washington's best portrayals and it's certainly a safer choice
than I'd like to see an actor of his caliber make, but it is
nonetheless a reminder of exactly why just about everybody digs what
this guy has been selling for two decades.
Every other element of Safe House plays second fiddle to the work done
by the two leads. The action is intense and somewhat gritty; when a
shot is fired, you feel it as much as hear it, a characteristic I quite
like in a serious action film. The plot itself is rife with
generalities and clichés, making the film about as paint-by-numbers as
they come. Personally, though, I didn't get caught up in these
half-hearted missteps too often. Better choices could certainly be
made; the major "twist" could be seen from a mile away and the
conclusion was unsatisfactory for me. But given director Daniel
Espinosa's relative inexperience behind the camera and the sheer power
of Washington's star appeal, these are issues I found easy to overlook
as the film progressed. It's nothing new and it's not a film I want to
watch a dozen times over but for what it is, Safe House provides an
entertaining and appealing experience.
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