Safe House

March 6, 2012 | | Leave a Comment

By Jacob Mayforth

Safe house, no one is safe, not even your wallet because if you have an ounce of sanity you will see this movie before it leaves the theater. Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds team up in this espionage thriller where a young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is broken open, he must flee with his charge.

First things first, the best thing this movie does well is atmosphere. All the actors perform spectacularly and every scene moves the action along. Denzel Washington’s character is a master of manipulation, and for the first half of the movie it really feels like the whole thing is one big ploy, and that everyone is playing into his hands.

This movie even goes so far as to use human psychology to its advantage. They play off the reptilian part of the subconscious that constantly wants to find a warm, dark, safe place by first: establishing that the safe house is a safe place, and then forcing the main character, and the audience, out into the open. This movie makes the audience feel vulnerable, scared, and uncomfortable.

Safe house is very reminiscent of the Bourne Trilogy, with creepy level espionage and conspiracy to the highest level. All in all, it is incredibly well directed, written, filmed, and performed. No one part of the movie sticks out as bad. There is no good reason not to see it.


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