When your having to remake a star wars movie made in the late 90’s, put a cheap product called 3D into it, add new special effect then throw it in the cinemas, its clear to see that films this month are really in need of a gem; and here it is. Warning this movie review contains plot spoilers!
Safe House is about an ex CIA agent called Tobin Frost who has now turned into a criminal and his goal is to receive details of accounts and transfers about the CIA and other Government organisations to show how corrupt they are to the world. However, mercenaries try to stop him from doing so but Tobin decides to enter the American Embassy. Frost admits to who he is and his wrong doings and then the Embassy take him to a safe house, where Ryan Reynolds’ character Matt Weston is house keeping, to interrogate him.
Ryan Reynolds really needed this film to start his career off again, recent movies such as Green Lantern, Fireflies in the Garden and Paperman have all seen him really missed cast and bland. We know he’s funny. We all remember what he was like in Blade Trinity- it started the guys career, but after that its been a bit of a slippery slope for the man.
Although Reynolds was an interesting character it’s clear to see that he was upstaged by the legend himself, Denzel Washington. His performance added that charisma, charm and excitement that action movies like this really need. Yes, I think the film is a gun slinging action movie where the story has been probably told before but the differences are that the characters make the movie, and if someone like Christian Bale or Adrian Brody had the role instead then this film would be rather bland and similar to an old Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steven Segal or Jean Claude Van Damme film.
But no, this film keeps you on your feet. Actors will be in the middle of dialogue then BANG! You’re dead. It really is a non stop movie that actually made me lean forward off of my seat because I was so fascinated with how much action this director could fit into a scene. The director of the film Daniel Espinoza is a very new director, this is the first Hollywood production film he has made and it really is a breath of fresh air. It is so well done and entertaining its hard not to enjoy this movie. I will definitely be keeping a close eye on what other projects Mr. Espinoza has up his sleeves because this film could be a break through for him.
Something else that really made me smile – there won’t be a sequel! Denzel Washington dies at the end of the film and Ryan Reynolds meets his girlfriend in France. Thank god for that. This film will make a substantial profit and usually when this happens movie studios logic is, Movie + Profit = Terrible sequel. There is no need for this film to continue, you have killed of Denzel Washington! Who you going to replace him with? Samuel L Jackson?
This film is really worth watching, I’m a rather stubborn movie reviewer that will question a movie and can easily be reminded that I’m watching a film and that’s when the realism reappears and interest in the film leaves for me. But this film is so much different. It has action, entertainment, explosions, well written characters with a decent story line and that’s all I could ask for in this film.
Oh and by the way, if you want to see the best death scene in cinema history, then go see this film, Denzel Washington should be nominated for Golden Globe award for that!
Rating out of 6: 5