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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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Daniel Espinosa
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Tobin Frost
Ryan Reynolds ... Matt Weston
Vera Farmiga ... Catherine Linklater
Brendan Gleeson ... David Barlow
Sam Shepard ... Harlan Whitford
Rubén Blades ... Carlos Villar
Nora Arnezeder ... Ana Moreau
Robert Patrick ... Daniel Kiefer
Liam Cunningham ... Alec Wade
Joel Kinnaman ... Keller
Fares Fares ... Vargas
Jenna Dover Jenna Dover ... CIA Analyst
Stephen Rider ... CIA Analyst
Daniel Fox ... CIA Analyst
Tracie Thoms ... CIA Analyst
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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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Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The language that Ryan Reynolds speaks to the policemen outside the stadium is Afrikaans. The soccer game that is going on is between Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates FC. See more »

Goofs

In the shootout scene amongst the shipping containers, when Matt Weston jumps out of his truck and fires his first shot, the slide locks back on his gun, showing either a malfunction or that it's empty. Yet a moment later, he's shooting again. See more »

Quotes

Carlos Villar: In the old days, a cheap bottle of Flor de Cana kept us happy all night
Tobin Frost: Mmm. Tastes change. People change.
Carlos Villar: People don't change. We grow old. And some of us adapt. And learn how to enjoy simple pleasures of life, like a family, a home. And for you... What's in that glass right now, for you, is as good as it's ever going to be. One day you'll understand. You got more past than future, you learn.
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Connections

Featured in Filmselskabet: Episode #1.6 (2012) See more »

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Rebel Blues
Written by Lëk Sèn, Yves Abadi (as Y. Abadi), Adrien Biehler (as A. Biehler), Miguel Saboga (as M. Saboga)
Performed by Lëk Sèn
Courtesy of Louxor Station & Putumayo World Music
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Reynolds & Washington a Strong Duo
11 February 2012 | by FFman-847-460126See all my reviews

It is so very difficult to find new material when you piece together a governmental conspiracy movie. Safe House is able to do it to a point. The greatest success of this movie is the usage of modern film techniques. Too often the bulging budget and ability to edit in effects makes action/thriller movies extremely unrealistic. Safe House does the opposite. It takes all of these techniques and uses them to make the movie raw and real.

The actors were hand-picked perfectly for their roles. Ryan Reynolds is the actor you have to use when you want to put a likable, relatable family man in a difficult situation. As a CIA operative caught up in something far outside his experience, he fits in perfectly. As for Denzel Washington, there is little that he can't do. For the unique character of Tobin Frost, there is no better man to fill the role. Together they form a storyline that merely needs to be able to stand on its own two feet. The storyline does stand on its own. That being said, it is the weakest part of the movie. The twists have all been seen before. This movie doesn't offer new plot points to the old conspiracy theory movie. It merely adds new characters. The new characters are great, but it is not enough. In order for the movie to be great, it needed to give something new to the story.

I must say that the end was beautiful. Without giving anything away, it was gracefully preformed. It wrapped up the loose ends that too many other movies simply leave hanging. It adds a whole other dimension to Ryan Reynolds' character. It will, without a doubt, leave you wanting more but somehow completely satisfied.

Safe House is worth a trip to the theatre. With thrillers such as this one, the action is better on the big screen. Between the action and the actors, you will not be disappointed. Next to Liam Neeson's The Grey, this is one of the best action movies so far this year. The thing is, it could have been even better. Too bad.

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Country:

South Africa | Japan | USA

Language:

English | Afrikaans

Release Date:

10 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,172,720, 12 February 2012

Gross USA:

$126,373,434

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$208,076,205
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2.35 : 1
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