Safe House releases on 10 February in the United States AND South Africa, and the film brings the star wattage in the form of Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. Sure to be of greater interest to local audiences though, is that the film is chiefly set in “exotic” Cape Town – and you can even spot Washington rocking a SAPS uniform briefly during the trailer.
What’s even more amusing in the preview is that Reynolds’s rookie CIA operative is so bummed about being stationed in Cape Town – which has been labelled a “backwater” in film’s official plot synopsis. I’ve yet to hear anyone else complain about relocating to the Mother City. Tut tut, such an ugly, out of control Third World hellhole…
Anyway, in terms of Safe House’s plot, Reynolds’s character, Matt Weston, is the frustrated caretaker of a rarely used CIA safe house. Weston’s world is turned upside down however when deadly CIA renegade Tobin Frost (Washington) is brought in for questioning… after inexplicably turning himself in after a decade on the run.
Before Frost can be treated to a waterboarding welcome, though, mercenaries attack and Weston is forced on the run with Frost. An unlikely alliance develops between the two men as they attempt to work out who they can trust, and who is trying to eliminate them – a terrorist group or, more worryingly, someone within the CIA? Brendan Gleeson, Robert (Terminator 2) Patrick, Sam Shepard and Vera Farmiga all appear in the film as government agents.
Safe House looks decent enough, although I admit up front I’ll be watching this one chiefly to play Spot the Local Landmark. After all, the film’s plot is hardly original for an espionage actioner. Plus, Washington just seems to be rehashing his Oscar-winning Training Day performance, with a few extra shades of darkness applied to his morally corrupt, but terrifyingly astute, mentor persona.
Last Updated: January 24, 2012