Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Safe House (2012)

Directed by Daniel Espinosa

Starring Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Robert Patrick, Vera Farmiga


Exciting to see Washington play a bad guy, and just as exciting to see Reynolds, typically the pretty-boy smart-ass, constantly beaten and humbled and victimized by situations way over his head. He doesn’t crack a joke once. Both do an amazing job.

Espinosa, a relative newcomer, has skills. Story and pacing and photography are wonderful. Great fight scenes and shootouts. To quibble, a bit too much hand-held camera. For some of the more mellow scenes, it feels more like cheap manipulation than excitement.

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