Safe House

March 2nd, 2012

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Safe House

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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.

Release Year: 2012

Rating: 7.1/10 (13,354 voted)

Critic's Score: 52/100

Director: Daniel Espinosa

Stars: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Robert Patrick

Matt Weston ('Ryan Reynolds' ) is a CIA rookie who is manning a safe house in Cape Town, South Africa, when Tobin Frost (

Denzel Washington - Tobin Frost
Ryan Reynolds - Matt Weston
Vera Farmiga - Catherine Linklater
Brendan Gleeson - David Barlow
Sam Shepard - Harlan Whitford
Rubén Blades - Carlos Villar
Nora Arnezeder - Ana Moreau
Robert Patrick - Daniel Kiefer
Liam Cunningham - Alec Wade
Joel Kinnaman - Keller
Fares Fares - Vargas
Jenna Dover - CIA Analyst
Stephen Rider - Richards
Daniel Fox - CIA Analyst
Tracie Thoms - CIA Analyst

Taglines: No One Is Safe


Official Website: Universal [United States] |

Release Date: 10 February 2012

Filming Locations: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Box Office Details

Budget: $85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $40,172,720 (USA) (12 February 2012) (3119 Screens)

Gross: $81,812,440 (USA) (19 February 2012)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Denzel Washington actually was waterboarded during the filming of some of the torture scene, though only for a few seconds per take.

Crew or equipment visible: When Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) is taken to the final safe house at the end of the movie, a camera man is visible in the mirror as Frost is guided down the hallway.

[from trailer]
Tobin Frost: Remember rule number one: you are responsible for your house guest. I'm your house guest.

User Review

I did not expect it to be this good.

Rating: 9/10

I'll be honest. When I saw the trailer, I was madly excited. It looked fantastic. But then, after a while, I remembered, that the main point of a trailer is to do just that. Hype the film, while revealing literally all the main plot scenes and parts. I didn't know if it was the case with 'Safe House', since, hey, it's Denzel Washington. That man doesn't just do any role.

I just got back from the movie theater, and am I glad that I was wrong. The movie is fantastic, electrifying. Do know that I don't just 'get off' on any action flick. In most cases, I just watch and forget. This was actually, fantastic. I don't have a single bad word to say about it, the way it was directed, acted or anything else. Everything was simply fantastic.

I realize my words sound absurd, and the score looks the same, but it really is worth it. I didn't see an action movie this well written, and this well acted in a really, really long time. Of course, by the end of the movie, any experienced watcher will figure out the ending by himself, but even though you 'get it', it's still extremely fun to sit through and see how the pieces connect.

I really hate long reviews, so I'm trying to make this one as short and sweet as possible. Lastly, have in mind that not one cast member failed his role. Ryan was fantastic, even better then I could've imagined (a nice showing of his acting skills after Green Lantern and Change-Up), and Denzel, what to say that hasn't been already said about that man's acting. Phenomenal doesn't cut it.

Go and see it. It's much better then anything else thats currently 'showing'.

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