My first memory of Ryan Reynolds’ movie career is Van Wilder and Party Liason. My, has he come a long way. Mr. Reynolds seems to have selected progressively more impressive and challenging roles (Green Lantern excluded of course) throughout his career. His latest offering to the action genre, Safe House is no exception.
Denzel Washington as his co-star of course steals the show, but Reynolds is pretty damn close behind. With a Bourne-esque feel throughout, the action is fast pased, gritty & pretty much non stop from the outset.
The movie, directed by Daniel Espinosa, tells the story of Matt Weston (Reynolds), a frustrated low level CIA operative with the job of ‘house keeper’. His single daily consists of minding the local CIA safe house and waiting for a phone call to alert him of imminent ‘guests’ who require either protection or interrogation.
His first call announces the arrival of Washington’s character Tobin Frost. A legendary spy who had turned traitor selling state secrets many years before. But his arrival at the safe house is not the well kept secret it was meant to be and his stay there is short lived.
Reynolds is then left alone to simultaneously protect and restrain Frost on the streets of South Africa, the whole city seemingly coming down on top of him as he struggles with the highly trained and dangerous Frost.
This movie is wrought with twists and turns throughout that will keep you on the edge of your seat with your nails dug into the arm rest.
A big thumbs up for the performances of both stars, who are an unlikely but cleverly selected pairing. Reynolds seemed to temporarily ditch his trademarked and beloved dry humor and one liners that we are used to seeing in his movies. A wise choice in this case, as I think it would have ruined the mood and taken away from the gritty feel.
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• Behind The Action—Legendary stunt coordinator Greg Powell, fight choreographer Olivier Schneider and tactical advisor Dan Hirst lead viewers through key action sequences involving dangerous driving stunts, heavy gun play and frenetic fight choreography.
• Safe Harbor: Cape Town—A popular tourist destination, Cape Town is rapidly becoming one of the most-photographed cities in cinema. The creators of Safe House reveal the reasons they set this intense action thriller in Africa’s multicultural hub.
• Shooting the Safe House Attack—Every detail behind the creation of the film’s epic initial attack is revealed in a featurette that includes interviews with Academy Award-winning production designer Brigitte Broch, plus the film’s cast and crew. From the initial rehearsals to the final takes, director Daniel Espinosa and his spectacular stunt team combined artistry with tactical perfection for a chillingly realistic sequence.
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