Safe House Review

Definitely Played the House Safe…

“Denzel and Ryan in an action flick? I have to see this!” That was my initial reaction seeing the first poster release of the movie. The motion picture, Safe House, directed by Daniel Espinosa, introduces a CIA based plotline in a renewed perspective.

So, what exactly is the film about? CIA agent, Matt Weston, is appointed the duty of manning a safe house. CIA’s most wanted rogue agent, Tobin Frost, is captured and brought to the safe house. When the safe house is attacked, he goes on the run trying to keep possession of the fugitive, trying to keep under the radar while relocating to another safe house.

Personally, I have always been a huge fan of Denzel Washington, and more recently, Ryan Reynolds. The film brought together two A-list actors who performed as expected in the movie, with fantastic and believable acting. It was relatively obvious that the portrayal of the characters was going to be respectable with these actors cast as the leads. The characters were unique and different which is what supported the storyline. Had the characters not held their own, everything would have fallen apart. Despire the originality and portrayal, vast improvements could have been made with the actual development of the characters. Although the events that occurred were not entirely predictable, the flow of the characters’ personalities remained quite consistent, so we didn’t get to see too much into who they were, and the relationship formed between the two leads was the most predictable thing in the movie. Even through this, knowing only basic details about the characters, every emotional scene seemed to touch me. This just refers back to what strong actors were used in the roles.

Corruption of government based films usually make for quite interesting stories. My main thought going into the movie was, “I wonder if this is going to have a somewhat innovative storyline.” Having so many intelligence services and government related movies, you would think that it would be a typical and predictable story. They worked around the obstacle and managed to form something new, and it surprised me.

Without approaching the overall storyline, I thought that there were several well-written individual lines within the scripting.

I feel that although the story was satisfying due to the fact that it was fresh, it could have made a real mark had it taken more risks. The action sequences, which were executed quite well, felt limited. The story could have built up more. There was only one real story going on, with no real subplots (other than a short romance with Weston).

I believe the storyline was kept so limited because they were trying too hard to play it safe so that they could make a movie which would be classified as good. In my opinion, I think the film’s creators should have gone for it and tried to make it the movie that it could hypothetically be, and have the possibility of being able to have made an epic film, as opposed to having made a good one which is barely producing any sort of discussion, even by those who have seen it.

In order to make a more successful film of the genre, Espinosa should probably consider consulting a veteran like, Doug Liman, director of—The Bourne Identity, Fair Game, Mr & Mrs Smith, and Jumper—next time around. As Frost says in the movie, “You’ve done a fine job son. We’ll take it from here.”

The movie is recommended to any fans of the actors, and prescribed to anyone who is simply looking to kill time with a decent film. It’s a film which isn’t too long. Nobody likes a film which is unnecessarily prolonged. Time’s a-wasting. Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock, tick tock…”

Despite having the element of surprise in the story, nothing felt very significant. Saying this, I believe the movie had the potential to be quite amazing had there been a little bit more work put into the actual scripting, as well as plot and character development. My rating for this film would be a solid 6 out of10.


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