I can best sum up Safe House as a twisted remake of Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead, except the babysitter doesn’t, well — nevermind.
When standard protocol goes awry, low-level CIA agent Matt Weston (portrayed by Ryan Reynolds) finds himself with the sole task of keeping Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) out of harms way. Frost is a vilified former agent being hounded by steel-toting mercenaries.
With his majesty, Denzel, drawing the majority of the crowds to the theatre, it is Reynolds who steals the show. Every twist, every turn leads to a new leap and bound for Reynolds’ character, who wants nothing more than to prove himself to the agency. It is the coming of age performance for Reynolds that many moviegoers have longed for. His character fights a physical, emotional, and psychological battle with the concept of Good vs. Evil.
Reynolds undoubtedly holds his own alongside of the Hollywood heavyweight Washington. Though not to be out-shined Washington captivates the audience as he authentically immerses himself into the role of Tobin Frost. Both actors blend as exceptional compliments to one another, equating into a superb film.
Safe House was filmed in South Africa.