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Safe House

Making his Hollywood debut, Swedish director Daniel Espinosa models this big, noisy espionage thriller on the movies of Tony Scott (Déja Vu, Unstoppable), borrowing his oversaturated color palette, hyped-up editing, macho bluster, and perennial star (Denzel Washington). Yet he never conveys any sort of perspective on the material, as Scott does through his obsessive attention to production detail; the stylization feels empty, distracting from whatever simple pleasures the routine plot (involving double agents and stolen microchips) might have delivered. The Cape Town locations are lovely, and there's a swell cameo from the underrated character actor Ruben Blades. Ryan Reynolds costars.



  • Daniel Espinosa


  • Denzel Washington
  • Ryan Reynolds
  • Vera Farmiga
  • Brendan Gleeson
  • Sam Shepard
  • Ruben Blades
  • Nora Arnezeder
  • Robert Patrick
  • Liam Cunningham
  • Joel Kinnaman
  • Fares Fares


  • Scott Stuber
  • Denzel Washington
  • Scott Aversano
  • Adam Merims
  • Alexa Faigen
  • Trevor Macy
  • Marc Evans

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