There’s a scene midway through Safe House
, the 2012 thriller which stars Denzel Washington
and Ryan Reynolds
, that hits entirely differently in 2021. As with any number of films starring these leading men, the stars are cultivating an oil and water relationship in the sequence, one built on mutual distrust and loathing as they drive across a countryside. But in the case of Reynolds, it plays differently than how modern audiences likely expect. When Washington begins trying to get under the younger guy’s skin—poking at his insecurities like he’s Ethan Hawke
in Training Day
or pretty much the entire cast of Man on Fire—Reynolds is visibly shaken. He then folds like a cheap suit.
“Go ahead, you’re not going to get in my head,” Reynolds’ Matt Weston protests as he seemingly holds power over Washington’s Frost character. “I’m already in your head,” Washington smiles back.