Stay Safe, Stay Away

Denzel Washington is a great actor. Ryan Reynolds is not. That’s just how it is.
Safe House lures you in with Denzel Washington and sticks you with Ryan Reynolds. We knew it was going to happen from the trailer. There’s just a tiny part of us that hoped we would be wrong.

This is the part where I try to summarize the plot without spoiling anything. Well, let me start by saying Safe House has one of the thinnest and poorly handled plots of any movie I’ve seen this year.

Ryan Reynolds plays a CIA agent who watches a safe house in Cape Town, South Africa. Denzel Washington plays Tobin Frost, a rogue CIA agent that walks into a United States consulate because he’s being chased. Frost is brought to the safe house, it’s attacked, then he and Reynold’s character escape. That’s pretty much it. If you’ve seen the trailer you know everything you’re going to know until the end of the movie.


  • A lot of the action sequences are well scripted and tense. I found myself clenching my hands together during a few scenes.


  • While most of the action is good, some scenes have that “camera man having a seizure” look to them, and they tend to use a lot of quick cuts.
  • Remember how I said some action scenes were well scripted? That was really all that was well scripted. You’re told very little about the point of everything until the end, and even then it’s just a shitty reveal. What they think is a twist is really bad, and a lot of it doesn’t even make sense.

Last weekend, because of weak options, this was thee new movie to see. After seeing it I’m questioning what type of person to recommend this to. A complaint my father has often had with movies has been “not enough action”, and if you share that mentality maybe this is for you. If you’re a fan of stories that go somewhere and make sense Safe House is not for you.

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