Friday, February 10, 2012

Safe House (2012) - MOVIE REVIEW

Director: Daniel Espinosa
Starring: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga

This is one of those movies where you see the trailer and you think DAMN! I did. I love Denzel and these days I'll watch pretty much anything with him in it. I'm also a big fan of Ryan Reynolds too. To top it off the trailer looked crazy, action-packed, intriguing and anchored by the wicked beats and lyrics off "No Church In The Wild" from Watch The Throne. I was immediately hooked. Then reality set it. From this trailer it was pretty clear although we knew what the movie was about, we didn't really know much. Who was Tobin Frost? I had a feeling this movie might not be so great. Also, despite how much I like Ryan Reynolds, he doesn't make great movies... but I held out hope this would turn around with the help of Denzel.

So I don't tell you too much and ruin the movie, instead I'll just say this. It was good, not great. The plot-line was half decent but the pay-off at the end just wasn't that great. It was a little disappointing. For me, because Denzel has made so many damn awesome movies it's almost a disappointment if his next film isn't always great, even if I try manage my expectations.

It's still an enjoyable movie though. Any Denzel fan or a fan of action should watch it. Although this seemed to be the first English-speaking film (i'm guessing) from little known director Daniel Espinosa, I thought it was really well put together and the non-stop action throughout was enthralling. Ryan Reynolds was solid, the CIA brass was as it is in all spy movies and Denzel was... Denzel. This movie and his character seemed to be shaped around him. It seemed like the movie was filmed, the script was written to play to Denzel's strengths as an actor and I thought he was great. I don't care if I'm a little biased but let me say this... replace Ryan Reynolds with anyone else? Same movie. Replace Denzel? Forgettabouttit...