Movie Review- Safe House

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Safe House, directed by Daniel Espinosa, is a spy thriller starring Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington. It is critical of intelligence agencies including the CIA and Mossad. Though it was an interesting thriller, the politics of it was not lost on me. 

Matt Weston is a low level CIA operative stationed at a safe house in Cape Town, South Africa. He receives a prisoner named Tobin Frost who is accused of being a traitor. Using enhanced interrogation methods, other agents try to get information from Frost about a file, but a group of mercenaries arrive and wipe out the CIA agents, but Frost and Weston escape. What follows is a spy film that takes you from one end of the world to the other all in a search for the truth. 

It is enjoyable when European screen directors try to make films critical of the United States and their intelligence agencies. It’s not like European secret agencies do not have blood on their hands. 

Despite the politics of the film, it is a great thrill ride with amazing performances particularly by Reynolds and Washington. They both perform the roles they are given with excellence. The dark, gritty nature of the film adds to its nature. While not an amazing spy themed movie, it is entertaining throughout. 

FAVORITE QUOTE: People don’t change. We grow old.

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence, Strong language

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  • Denzel Washington as Tobin Frost
  • Ryan Reynolds as Matt Weston
  • Vera Farmiga as Catherine Linklater
  • Brendan Gleeson as David Barlow
  • Sam Shepard as Harlan Whitford
  • Rubén Blades as Carlos Villar
  • Nora Arnezeder as Ana Moreau
  • Robert Patrick as Daniel Kiefer
  • Liam Cunningham as Alec Wade
  • Joel Kinnaman as Keller
  • Fares Fares as Vargas
  • Sebastian Roché as Robert Heissler
  • Jake McLaughlin as Miller
  • Nicole Sherwann as Whitford’s Assistant
  • Robert Hobbs as Morgan
This article has been updated from a previous version. 

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