Safe House (2012)

R   |    |  Action, Thriller


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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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22 February 2012 | kluseba
7
| Nothing really new but a good choice of actors, effects and locations
If you have seen conspiracy flicks like "Enemy Of The State", "The Bourne Identity", "XIII", "Unknown" and so on and so forth, you really won't be surprised by this movie. The story presents nothing new and is about the usual stereotypes: the good one turn out to be the bad ones, the bad ones turn out to be the good ones, the weak ones turn out to be the strong ones and so one. I think you get what I mean. The movie has no big surprises after all.

But if this kind of movie is well done, it can still merit a rating of eight points. I only give six point five and for this site seven points because of the mediocre camera work that was shaking and irritating at some points of the movie.

The rest of the film is quite decent. The locations are interesting and the movie takes place in Cape Town in South Africa and not in Europe or North America. The fighting and action scenes are very well done and with the visual and sound effects in cinema, it's a pleasant entertainment to watch this movie for sure. It's a good flick to change your mind, to relax and to take a break from your everyday life for sure. The acting is also rather good with two strong lead actors that are a very cool Denzel Washington and a sympathetic and determined Ryan Reynolds.

The only little flaw is that I would have liked to know more about both characters, especially about their past and what really led them to do what they actually do in the movie.

The movie simply has not the greatest script to stand out among many other similar flicks but it's still a good film. I would suggest you to rather watch the movies I talked about in my introduction or classics like "I As In Icarus" but if you have seen and liked them all, you will surely appreciate this work, too.

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Trivia

Safe House is the most financially successful film ever by a Swedish director.


Quotes

Carlos Villar: In the old days, a cheap bottle of Flor de Cana kept us happy all night
Tobin Frost: Mmm. Tastes change. People change.
Carlos Villar: People don't change. We grow old. And some of us adapt. And learn how to enjoy simple pleasures of life, like a family, a home. And for you... ...


Goofs

Near the beginning of the film when the scene cuts to a view of C.I.A. headquarters, Langley is spelled 'Langely' on the screen.


Soundtracks

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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Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Action | Thriller

Details

Release Date:

10 February 2012

Language

English, Afrikaans


Country of Origin

South Africa, Japan, USA

Filming Locations

Cape Town Film Studios, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Box Office

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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