Official Description: Tobin Frost (Oscar winner Denzel Washington), one of the CIA’s most dangerous traitors, resurfaces in South Africa after eluding capture for almost a decade. During his interrogation, the safe house he’s being held in is attacked by brutal mercenaries forcing rookie agent, Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) to take the infamous Frost on the run. As the masterful manipulator toys with his reluctant prot‚g‚, shaking the young operative’s morality and idealism, the unlikely allies must fight to stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead. Packed with intense action and thrilling suspense, Safe House takes you on a deadly ride through a covert world where no one and no place is ever safe.
Unofficial Description: Every spy-movie cliche imaginable and, for once, Ryan Reynolds is playing it straight and not cracking any jokes which, oddly enough, put me off. I think I’ve become used to him being the wise-cracking dude.
Denzel Washington is fantastic because, hell, he’s Denzel Washington. But this flick used so many tropes and cliches that it was easy for me to know exactly who was doing what, and why, and what was going to happen next. Nothing new here whatsoever, which is sad.