Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Safe House - DVD Review
Starring Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard, Robert Patrick, Ruben Blades and Joel Kinnaman.
Directed by Daniel Espinosa.
A Denzel Washington action film is like comfort food. We know what we're going to get. And sadly I saw this before Tony Scott's death, and I thought the whole time it was directed by him until I looked it up. Which is to say Espinosa does a pretty good job in the Bruckheimer-aping department.
Washington plays Tobin Frost, a rogue agent and wanted man. He's captured and brought to a rarely-used CIA bunker run by young Matt Weston (Reynolds). We know Frost is going to turn out to be a good guy, so that must mean one of Matt's superiors is the real bad guy, and there's a fine supporting cast playing our suspects.
The action's solid, the depth is non-existant, but it's entertaining for what it is.