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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.


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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:

              Safe House See more »


              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?


              Denzel Washington was actually waterboarded during the filming of some of the torture scene, though only for a few seconds per take. 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 »


              Tobin Frost: [to Weston] That's why you and I exist. To take advantage of that. Of people's desire to believe and trust.
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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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