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Safe House (2012)

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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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CIA Analyst
CIA Analyst
CIA Analyst
CIA Analyst


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 USA:

$40,172,720, 12 February 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$126,373,434, 17 May 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$208,076,205, 17 May 2012
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Thanks to a clause in the contract giving Denzel Washington director approval, Espinosa wasn't fired, despite 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 »


In the restaurant at the beginning of the film, Weston says "I love you" to Ana in French, but instead of saying "Je t'aime" which would have been the correct phrasing, he says "Je vous aime", which is the plural or honorific form and therefore in this situation completely false. Yet, Ana, despite being a French national, does not correct him but rather compliments him by saying "I love when you speak French". See more »


Tobin Frost: You think I'm going to let you just take me in?
Matt Weston: I think you need to shut up.
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Written by Kanye West, Jay Z (as Shawn Carter), Mike Dean, Charles Njapa, Gary Wright, Phil Manzanera, James Brown, Joseph Maloy Roach, The Dream (as Terius Nash), Frank Ocean
Performed by Kanye West & Jay Z featuring Frank Ocean
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Contains a sample of "Don't Tell a Lie About Me and I Won't Tell the Truth About You"
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Universal Records
and Contains a sample of "Sunshine Help Me"
Performed by Spooky Tooth
Courtesyof Universal-Island Records Ltd.
and Contains a sample of "K-Scope"
Performed by Phil Manzanera
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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I did not expect it to be this good.
9 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

I'll be honest. When I saw the trailer, I was madly excited. It looked fantastic. But then, after a while, I remembered, that the main point of a trailer is to do just that. Hype the film, while revealing literally all the main plot scenes and parts. I didn't know if it was the case with 'Safe House', since, hey, it's Denzel Washington. That man doesn't just do any role.

I just got back from the movie theater, and am I glad that I was wrong. The movie is fantastic, electrifying. Do know that I don't just 'get off' on any action flick. In most cases, I just watch and forget. This was actually, fantastic. I don't have a single bad word to say about it, the way it was directed, acted or anything else. Everything was simply fantastic.

I realize my words sound absurd, and the score looks the same, but it really is worth it. I didn't see an action movie this well written, and this well acted in a really, really long time. Of course, by the end of the movie, any experienced watcher will figure out the ending by himself, but even though you 'get it', it's still extremely fun to sit through and see how the pieces connect.

I really hate long reviews, so I'm trying to make this one as short and sweet as possible. Lastly, have in mind that not one cast member failed his role. Ryan was fantastic, even better then I could've imagined (a nice showing of his acting skills after Green Lantern and Change-Up), and Denzel, what to say that hasn't been already said about that man's acting. Phenomenal doesn't cut it.

Go and see it. It's much better then anything else thats currently 'showing'.

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