Excerpt: A rogue CIA agent who has been hiding for years, Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) one day turns himself in, and he's brought to a safe house in Johannesburg, South Africa managed by low-level agent Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) for debriefing. When the safe house is attacked by a group of mercenaries, Matt finds himself on the run with Tobin, while trying to get to the bottom of who wants him killed.
Excerpt: The HD picture has a deeply saturated color scheme, and the contrasts between the shadowy blacks and lighted areas are stark and richly detailed. There’s some pixilated grain, but the frenetic camera work and editing keep things in such a constant state of motion that it’s scarcely noticeable.
Excerpt: Safe House details the cost of a world full of open information and technology through the eyes of two CIA agents. One is rogue, trading information as his grizzled persona has turned against the system that bred him. The other is a young upstart, eager for a promotion and better detail than a South African safe house.
Excerpt: Some storylines just seem to get old in a hurry. Perhaps it’s their abuse at the hands of incompetent filmmakers - tough to say. But when a tired premise gets tended to by elements worth their salt it can become surprisingly entertaining.
Excerpt: The Film It's hard to cram two of the sexiest men alive into one action flick. Just you try it. That said, Safe House manages to pull it off, mainly thanks to the presence of Denzel Washington. Washington's career of late has become an endless loop of action flicks. However, it's really hard to hate the guy's work.
Conclusion: Safe House doesn't distinguish itself or serve up any tasty spy-vs-spy surprises. But it's a decent genre pic, confidently shot and eagerly assembled, and it boasts performances from Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds that are worth the price of admission alone. Thankfully, though, Universal's Blu-ray release isn't quite so flawed.
Conclusion: 'Safe House' is your standard espionage film in which things are not always as they seem, which can be to the film's detriment, making for a fairly predictable action thriller. Still, director Daniel Espinosa's English-language debut comes with several thrills and plenty of excitement, supplemented with a pair of great performances from Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. The Blu-ray comes with excellent video and near-reference audio.