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Safe House (2012)
Contains VAGUE spoilers (no specifics). First time I've used my phone during for as long as I can remember.
I was looking forward to this movie purely because Ryan Reynolds was in it, to be honest, because I've been gawking at him since I was 16. I did think this was a good action movie seeing as he was paired up with Denzel Washington.
What I saw was some good acting, a nice enough story line (even though it was hard to follow to start with), lots of firepower and crash- bang-wallops, a love interest and a bit of a twist... all of which make a good action movie.
HOWEVER, I still came out feeling cheated. The camera was doing so much hand held chase movements, it became headache-inducing. The characters had no real backbone so I didn't feel anything toward them, apart from one which was so annoying I'm glad they were bumped off! This also made any love interest unimportant. The twist was so obvious that it may as well have had a neon sign over it. The guns etc were very big and would have been impressive if it wasn't ALL the way through, to quote Lock Stock.. 'Will everyone STOP getting shot?!'. I actually let out a sigh of exasperation at the last gunfight... Very unlike me!
I just kept waiting for the tempo to pick up but ended up trying to use the time to nap. The quiet of the whole thing didn't help matters!!
It's a shame - on paper this film should have been great and the acting REALLY was good.
I'm just disappointed it wasn't more captivating.