Safe House

  • 15
  • Daniel Espinosa (2012)
  • US / S Afr
  • 110 min
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Film Review
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3 out of 5

In this taut thriller, a CIA rookie (Ryan Reynolds) sees his world turned upside down when enigmatic rogue former agent Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) is delivered to the safe house he mans in Cape Town. However, before Frost can be interrogated, the bolt hole is attacked, forcing the pair on the run. But who are their pursuers and can they really trust everyone in the CIA camp? Reynolds plays the initially out-of-his-depth younger operative with a mixture of fear and feistiness, while Washington is the epitome of detached cool as the sort of bad guy that audiences find themselves rooting for. There's also fine work from Brendan Gleeson and Sam Shepard in less showy supporting roles. Director Daniel Espinosa occasionally gets bogged down in the complexities of the plot, but is on more confident footing with a series of white-knuckle chase scenes and shoot-outs.

Plot Summary

Action thriller starring Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington. Junior agent Matt Weston runs the CIA's sleepy safe house in South Africa and is suddenly handed a hot assignment when a rogue agent decides to give himself up after years on the run. Little does Weston know how dangerous things are going to get...

Cast and crew


Matt Weston
Ryan Reynolds
Tobin Frost
Denzel Washington
Catherine Linklater
Vera Farmiga
David Barlow
Brendan Gleeson
Alec Wade
Liam Cunningham
Daniel Kiefer
Robert Patrick
Joel Kinnaman
Harlan Whitford
Sam Shepard
Carlos Villar
Rubén Blades
Ana Moreau
Nora Arnezeder


Daniel Espinosa

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Violence, swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 24 Feb 2012
Certificate 15