Tuesday, November 08, 2011

TRAILER: Denzel Washington & Ryan Reynolds's "Safe House"

Plot: When a CIA-operated safe house is targeted by a group of bad guys, the facility's house-sitter (Ryan Reynolds) is tasked with the dangerous job of moving the criminal (Denzel Washington) who is being hidden there to another secure location.
Cast: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and In Bruges), Vera Farmiga (The Departed), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day)
Verdict: "Denzel Washington the villain" has returned. Or has he? Something about the conspiracy-laden dialogue makes it seem like he might turn out to be the "all-knowing good guy" in the end, who enlightens Reynolds' character to how things really work in the government, or maybe he's a con artist who manipulates Reynolds into trusting him. Either way, it's obvious, by the poster, that this is being marketed as a Denzel Washington film, but I have to note that Reynolds deserves credit for holstering his six-pack and playing your average everyman. Someone like Joseph Gordon Levitt or Jesse Eisenberg might've been a little more believable as an oblivious, frazzled, plaid-wearing patsy, but Reynolds pulls it off. The cinematography is very erratic and gritty, and the song choice for the trailer puts you in the right state of mind.

Release Date: February 10

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