Safe House

Safe House: a neglected CIA rookie sees a chance to prove himself when his safe house is attacked and he’s left to protect & contain a notorious rogue agent. Both Denzel and Reynolds are on good form, although neither’s particularly stretched given what they can do, it’s definitely easy money. In saying that, having these two does mean the characters are a bit deeper than standard action stars would be. The focus here is on straight-up, balls-to-the-wall action – about 1/2 the runtime is chase, shootout or fighting scenes, which makes for some great popcorn gawking. There are a couple of ultra-shaky cam moments where they’d have been better drawing black and white stick men hitting each other, but for the most part the action’s alright to follow. Unfortunately, this doesn’t put much thought on the plot, the story is the definition of unambitious and you can predict everything from the initial set up, right down to the final scene. Safe House may not be a particularly engaging or deep movie: “Post Bourne entry political thriller” just about sums this up, but with its eyes firmly fixed on the CrashBangWallop, it delivers ample in this department.

Score: 7/10

  1. Dan said:

    This is on my list of might-see-if-nothing-else-takes-my-fancy. It looks enjoyable in a been there done that kind of way.


    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Definitely, total popcorn action flick, nothing more!


  2. Shaft said:

    Saw this in the cinema, and wasn’t exactly amazed… or amused for that matter. The action scenes were all filmed in such a way that very little could be seen, and overall I found myself glancing at my watch a couple of times, which is never a good sign. It was a 6/10 to me at most.


  3. Shaft said:

    Saw this in the cinema, and wasn’t exactly thrilled, nor amused for that matter. Most of the action was filmed in such a manner that I couldn’t really see much, and I found myself glancing at my watch quite a few times; never a good sign. Overall, I’d give it a 6/10 at most, because of Reynolds and Denzel.


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