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        Safe House (2012)

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        A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge.


        Daniel Espinosa
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        1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »



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        Cast overview, first billed only:
        Denzel Washington ... Tobin Frost
        Ryan Reynolds ... Matt Weston
        Vera Farmiga ... Catherine Linklater
        Brendan Gleeson ... David Barlow
        Sam Shepard ... Harlan Whitford
        Rubén Blades ... Carlos Villar
        Nora Arnezeder ... Ana Moreau
        Robert Patrick ... Daniel Kiefer
        Liam Cunningham ... Alec Wade
        Joel Kinnaman ... Keller
        Fares Fares ... Vargas
        Jenna Dover Jenna Dover ... CIA Analyst
        Stephen Rider ... CIA Analyst
        Daniel Fox ... CIA Analyst
        Tracie Thoms ... CIA Analyst


        Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA rookie who is manning a safe house in Cape Town, South Africa, when Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) the CIA's most wanted rogue agent is captured and taken to the safe house. During Frost's interrogation, the safe house is overtaken by mercenaries who want Frost. Weston and Frost escape and must stay out of the gunmen's sight until they can get to another safe house. Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

        Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


        No One Is Safe

        Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

        Rated R for strong violence throughout and some language | See all certifications »

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        South Africa | Japan | USA


        English | Afrikaans

        Release Date:

        10 February 2012 (USA) See more »

        Also Known As:

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        Box Office


        $85,000,000 (estimated)

        Opening Weekend USA:

        $40,172,720, 12 February 2012, Wide Release

        Gross USA:

        $126,373,434, 17 May 2012

        Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

        $208,076,205, 17 May 2012
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        Technical Specs


        Sound Mix:

        Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS



        Aspect Ratio:

        2.35 : 1
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        Did You Know?


        Thanks to a clause in the contract giving Denzel Washington director approval, Espinosa wasn't fired, despite artistic differences between him and the producers. Denzel said that he wanted Espinosa to direct, and that's that, so the producers let Espinosa finish the movie. See more »


        During the car chase to the consulate, Linklater says he is on Albert Road in Woodstock. Aerial shots back this up, but seconds later a gunfight ensues around a traffic circle back in the CBD, about 7km away from Albert Road. See more »


        Matt Weston: Are you going to kill me?
        Tobin Frost: [Frost shoots the wall next to Weston's head] I only kill professionals.
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        Nothing really new but a good choice of actors, effects and locations
        22 February 2012 | by klusebaSee all my reviews

        If you have seen conspiracy flicks like "Enemy Of The State", "The Bourne Identity", "XIII", "Unknown" and so on and so forth, you really won't be surprised by this movie. The story presents nothing new and is about the usual stereotypes: the good one turn out to be the bad ones, the bad ones turn out to be the good ones, the weak ones turn out to be the strong ones and so one. I think you get what I mean. The movie has no big surprises after all.

        But if this kind of movie is well done, it can still merit a rating of eight points. I only give six point five and for this site seven points because of the mediocre camera work that was shaking and irritating at some points of the movie.

        The rest of the film is quite decent. The locations are interesting and the movie takes place in Cape Town in South Africa and not in Europe or North America. The fighting and action scenes are very well done and with the visual and sound effects in cinema, it's a pleasant entertainment to watch this movie for sure. It's a good flick to change your mind, to relax and to take a break from your everyday life for sure. The acting is also rather good with two strong lead actors that are a very cool Denzel Washington and a sympathetic and determined Ryan Reynolds.

        The only little flaw is that I would have liked to know more about both characters, especially about their past and what really led them to do what they actually do in the movie.

        The movie simply has not the greatest script to stand out among many other similar flicks but it's still a good film. I would suggest you to rather watch the movies I talked about in my introduction or classics like "I As In Icarus" but if you have seen and liked them all, you will surely appreciate this work, too.

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