Friday, September 7, 2012

PCP on DVD - Safe House

Denzel Washington is one of my favorite actors.  I'll watch anything he is in.  Same with Ryan Reynolds.  Put the two of them in the same movie?  Of course I'm there!

Safe House - 2012, rated R.  My rating:  7 out of 10.

Safe House is a twisty spy flick starring Denzel as a rogue former CIA agent, and Ryan Reynolds, the young CIA agent tasked with watching over him after his capture by a CIA team.  It is a film in the Jason Bourne school of realism, with no CGI or wirework that I could detect during its awesome fight and shootout sequences.  The car chases are pretty good too, though not as frequent as the pretty solid fight scenes. 

The film also has undertones of government overreach that have been done in countless films before this.  One interesting thing about the plot was that in a waterboarding sequence in the film, Denzel apparently got waterboarded for real, so his reactions to that torture are quite authentic.  Talk about method acting!  Also, despite the fact that you spend most if not all of the film looking for a twist, it still catches you off guard a bit anyways, so that was well done.  All in all, the film is a decent spy movie.  It's not the worst one I've ever seen, but it's not the best either.  If you like Denzel and Ryan Reynolds though, check this one out, there's enough here to make it worth your time.

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