Bottom Line: SAFE HOUSE is the lazy, good-for-almost nothing cinematic offspring of a BOURNE IDENTITY and THE FUGITVE tryst – only nowhere near as good as those titles and devoid of any brains. Denzel and Reynolds do what they do best in delivering the action movie goods – but this slickly frantic, simplistically frenzied and sporadically (rarely) fun government agency double-cross flick feels formulaic and fatigued. It’s a perfectly fine action movie…10 years ago. The SAFE bet here is to catch a matinee or wait for the rental.
Starring: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga and Brendan Gleeson
Directed by: Daniel Espinosa
Running time: 115 minutes
Story: Tobin Frost is the CIA's most dangerous traitor, who stuns the intelligence community when he surfaces in South Africa. When the safe house to which he's remanded is attacked by brutal mercenaries, a rookie is forced to help him escape. As the masterful manipulator toys with his reluctant protege, the young operative finds his morality tested and idealism shaken. Now they must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead. (Universal Pictures)