'Safe House' intensity filled
Published: Thursday, March 1, 2012
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2012 16:03
Threaded with corruption, high intelligence government agencies, and fast action packed combat scenes, Safe House meets the criteria of creating an “edge of the seat experience.”
Garnering a total of $42 million on its February 10 debut, Safe House is currently listed in the box office’s top five while sharing a high-ranking status with Act of Valor and Tyler Perry’s recent release, Good Deeds. Lead actors Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds make a good team by rekindling a similar plot and motif from the 2002 Academy Award winning Training Day.
Tobin Frost, played by Washington, is a former CIA legend that turned to the rebel side because of corruption within the agency. While under high surveillance from the CIA, Washington is followed by several foreign intelligence agents in South Africa to recover a chip with top-secret information. He is then captured and sent to an American government Safe House, where he meets the rookie safe house keeper Matt Wesson, played by Reynolds.
The rising climax begins with the Safe House being invaded by spies who were searching for Frost whether dead or alive. After the smoke cleared, all of the professional agents were dead, leaving Wesson with the responsibility of bringing Frost into custody. Throughout the tedious agenda of returning Frost to American custody, Frost, in an unexpected way, teaches Wesson about disloyalty and betrayal within the CIA; thereby, creating an ironic ending for viewers.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, 53 percent of viewers like Safe House and Flixter.com viewers gave it a 70 percent like rating. Critics also acclaim that it was a movie of “sheer brute energy” and gives viewers “no chance to get bored.”
If the same criteria from the Academy Awards in 2001 will be used for next year’s Academy Awards, Safe House has a pretty good chance of bringing a gold plated statuette home.