Film Review: Safe House

Explosive thriller - literally, that takes you for a wild ride through South Africa and barely pauses for breath.

Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington are in the leading roles with Vera Farmiga and Brendan Gleeson in the supporting ones.

Ruben Blades from Once Upon a time in Mexico, Robert Patrick and Liam Cunningham also make appearances.

Mr Washington is a rogue CIA agent who, after making his way to the US consulate, is taken to the Safe House that is manned by inexperienced attendant or Housekeeper, who is portrayed by Mr Reynolds.

The violence in this film is limited to certain scenes and then amplified to a degree of realism, made all the more harsh and blunt, by a lack of score or any other noise or voices, so that your focus is on the present horrors.

It is similar to the film Salt, an entertaining thriller,  the acting is tense, as is the script, but there is a warning sticker here.

It is not all fun and games.

And all things considered, I'd pick Salt as my favourite out of the two.


  1. This comment comes from another film where the "action" scenes are filmed in the same way. Hint: Its not Salt.

    “Doug MacRay: I need your help. I can't tell you what it is, you can never ask me about it later, and we're gonna hurt some people.
    James Coughlin: ...Whose car are we gonna' take?”


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