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Safe House (2012)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Jenna Dover ... CIA Analyst
Stephen Rider ... CIA Analyst
Daniel Fox ... CIA Analyst
Tracie Thoms ... CIA Analyst
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Storyline

Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA rookie who is manning a safe house in Cape Town, South Africa, when Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) the CIA's most wanted rogue agent is captured and taken to the safe house. During Frost's interrogation, the safe house is overtaken by mercenaries who want Frost. Weston and Frost escape and must stay out of the gunmen's sight until they can get to another safe house. Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

No One Is Safe

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence throughout and some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

South Africa | Japan | USA

Language:

English | Afrikaans

Release Date:

10 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Safe House See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,172,720, 12 February 2012

Gross USA:

$126,373,434

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$208,076,205
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2010 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »

Goofs

When the two senior CIA agents are flying from Langley to South Africa they are shown in a Falcon 900 (Tri-Jet) in the air but they arrive in a Gulfstream. See more »

Quotes

Tobin Frost: You've done a fine job, Son. We'll take it from here. That's when you know you're screwed.
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Connections

Featured in Filmselskabet: Episode #1.6 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Rebel Blues
Written by Lëk Sèn, Yves Abadi (as Y. Abadi), Adrien Biehler (as A. Biehler), Miguel Saboga (as M. Saboga)
Performed by Lëk Sèn
Courtesy of Louxor Station & Putumayo World Music
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Danzel Saves What Really Is A Mess
10 February 2012 | by hrmnrabbSee all my reviews

It's an interesting albeit predictable action flick that's nothing special but delivers enough to make it worthwhile. It does feature what has to be the dumbest CIA operatives/handlers ever put on film. What transpires, especially early, will make most viewers say "why in the world didn't they just…" but getting past that means enjoying a film where Denzel Washington perfectly menaces and charms his way through every scene. Put just about anyone else in this role and the film would lose a lot. Ryan Reynolds was good enough and the rest of the stellar supporting cast is absolutely wasted. Again, I found it interesting despite it being three repetitive acts of mindless turns highlighting that the government is pure evil and they apparently keeping hiring the same set of mindless goons who race around guns blazing everywhere with little effect or competence whatsoever. Also, the camera work was AWFUL in terms of the overuse of the shaky cam.


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