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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Denzel Washington
Ryan Reynolds
Vera Farmiga
Brendan Gleeson
Sam Shepard
Robert Patrick
Liam Cunningham
Directors
Daniel Espinosa
Screenwriters
David Guggenheim
Running Time
114 minutes

Safe House
Are there any CIA agents who aren’t ‘rogue’?


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Plot
Capetown, South Africa. Rogue CIA agent Tobin Frost (Washington) turns himself in to the US consulate to escape assassins and is taken to a safe house run by inexperienced agent Matt Weston (Reynolds). When the hit team strike again, only Frost and Weston survive. Weston vows to bring Frost in, but Frost forces him to question his own loyalties.


Verdict
Tolerably exciting spycraft, but stuck with a see-through plot. Washington and Reynolds are watchable, but not exactly stretched by these roles.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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