A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge.

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Daniel Espinosa
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Tobin Frost
Ryan Reynolds ... Matt Weston
Vera Farmiga ... Catherine Linklater
Brendan Gleeson ... David Barlow
Sam Shepard ... Harlan Whitford
Rubén Blades ... Carlos Villar
Nora Arnezeder ... Ana Moreau
Robert Patrick ... Daniel Kiefer
Liam Cunningham ... Alec Wade
Joel Kinnaman ... Keller
Fares Fares ... Vargas
Jenna Dover Jenna Dover ... CIA Analyst
Stephen Rider ... CIA Analyst
Daniel Fox ... CIA Analyst
Tracie Thoms ... CIA Analyst
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Storyline

Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA rookie who is manning a safe house in Cape Town, South Africa, when Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) the CIA's most wanted rogue agent is captured and taken to the safe house. During Frost's interrogation, the safe house is overtaken by mercenaries who want Frost. Weston and Frost escape and must stay out of the gunmen's sight until they can get to another safe house. Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

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No One Is Safe

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Action | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence throughout and some language | See all certifications »

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The language that Ryan Reynolds speaks to the policemen outside the stadium is Afrikaans. The soccer game that is going on is between Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates FC. See more »

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During the chase with Frost in the boot Weston gets a cut in the face. It starts on his right cheek horizontally and switches to his left cheek vertically and back several times. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Matt Weston: I'm taking you in!
[Frost knocks him down]
Tobin Frost: I want you to take me in.
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Connections

References The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) See more »

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No Church in the Wild
Written by Kanye West, Jay-Z (as Shawn Carter), Mike Dean, Charles Njapa, Gary Wright, Phil Manzanera, James Brown, Joseph Maloy Roach, The-Dream (as Terius Nash), Frank Ocean
Performed by Kanye West & Jay-Z featuring Frank Ocean
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Contains a sample of "Don't Tell a Lie About Me and I Won't Tell the Truth About You"
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Universal Records
and Contains a sample of "Sunshine Help Me"
Performed by Spooky Tooth
Courtesyof Universal-Island Records Ltd.
and Contains a sample of "K-Scope"
Performed by Phil Manzanera
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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This is NOT a safe house.
9 February 2012 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"I'm not your only enemy tonight." Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington)

In Safe House, Tobin Frost is one cool fugitive, but then he's played by one of Hollywood's coolest actors: Denzel Washington. Guarding him is young CIA agent Matt Weston played by the prominent film actor, Ryan Reynolds. Together they make good acting possible; if only this crime adventure would let them.

Instead, their moments are mere interludes to the cacophony of guns and gore, a smorgasbord of thriller clichés planted in neat rows by director Daniel Espinosa and blossoming glass and guts ad nauseam. As the cool Frost escapes numerous captures and Weston follows him (they've discovered the "safe house" is not so safe), I wish they'd sit and talk for an hour because the older agent has much to tell the younger about love (Matt has a questioning girlfriend) and survival in the den of thieves known as espionage—global that is. Frost has a computer file with the names of bad cops, some of them friends and supervisors. So nobody's safe.

Among the vulnerable are seriously good actors like Sam Shephard, Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson, and Robert Patrick. The shame is they have parts so formulaic as to obliterate their acting excellence.

Anyway, you get the routine. The only surprise is that this type of film continues to entertain us even when we know the plot points. In part that's because we like to see good/bad guys played by the likes of Denzel work their way through some challenging puzzles and achieve some success just as we try to do in our daily lives. Also we get to see multiple car crashes without being in them, a wish we may have subconsciously when we experience road rage.

I suggest you leave your rational hat at home (most of the plot makes little sense) and wear your thrill-seeking one because this film will fulfill all your demands for excitement without touching a nerve in your left brain.


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Country:

South Africa | USA | Japan

Language:

English | Afrikaans

Release Date:

10 February 2012 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,172,720, 12 February 2012

Gross USA:

$126,373,434

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$208,076,205
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