Movie Review: Safe House (2012)

Safe House 2012 movie poster

Rated: 18
Genre: Action, thriller
Running Time: 1 Hour 55 Minutes
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Cast: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard, Vera Farmiga, Fares Fares, Robert Patrick, Nora Arnezeder, Liam Cunningham, Joel Kinnaman, Ruben Blades

Synopsis: “A young CIA agent (Ryan Reynolds) is tasked with looking after a fugitive (Denzel Washington) in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge” (IMDb).

Verdict: One word – boring. The pace of the film is fast but the plot, dialogues, acting and action are all incredibly boring and predictable. Nothing about Safe House is inspiring or not done before many times in many typical action movies. If you turn on the television now, you’d most likely see a similar movie showing. The most annoying thing about the film is the overdone shaky-lomography camera works, failing to add tension as it’s supposed to. Ryan Reynolds did the best he could, I’m sure, and Denzel Washington acted like how he always does in almost every film he’s in (see Jay Pharoah‘s frequent Denzel Washington imitation on Saturday Night Live).

Corniest scene: [SPOILER BEGINS HERE] “You gonna kill me now?” asks Matt Weston (Reynolds). Tobin Frost (Washington) fires a shot right beside Weston’s left ear before responding, “I only kill professionals,” as though he could hear or register that [SPOILER ENDS HERE].

Worst scene/ the ending: [SPOILER BEGINS HERE] Matt Weston blacks out due to a serious wound, which allows Toby Frost to escape. Weston wakes up in the hands of Barlow (Brendan Gleeson), the one who’s been betraying him the entire movie, but Frost, for no real good reason, comes to his rescue by risking his life in the most cheesy fashion. Frost gets shot in the process and dies after repeatedly telling Weston “to be better than him”. Is this supposed to be an emotional scene ’cause it’s not like they’re best friends. Absolutely pointless. Then Weston releases Frost’s “file” to mainstream media, resulting all corrupt CIA and so on behind bars. He reunites with his French girlfriend (Nora Arnezeder) and the end [SPOILER ENDS HERE].

Malaysian censorship: Nothing much to cut besides the mild nudity at the beginning.

Rating: 0.5 / 5

Second opinion: “I thought it was boring at the beginning, in overall I enjoyed it; the black guy’s (Denzel Washington) handsome,” (Iris Loong).

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  1. Psylancer

    "I thought it was boring at the beginning, in overall I enjoyed it; the black guy's (Denzel Washington) handsome," (Iris Loong).

    LOL… black guy comment is epic. Not enough to blow my socks off, but the movie is alright for me. Now let's see if Man on The Ledge was better, I burned my tix to watch Safe House lol

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