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Our Queen of the Silver Screen, Julie Fisk (member of the DFW Film Critics Association) saw this next flick:
“Safe House” stars Ryan Reynolds as a young agent forced to look after one of the CIA’s most wanted, Tobin Frost played by Denzel Washington.
I’d like to send out a request to all of the movie companies. If the plot includes the words “rogue agent,” please put it on the back-burner. There have been way too many agent-on-the-run movies recently. In fact, I think I made this request after seeing the movie “Salt” last year, but maybe they didn’t hear me.
That said, “Safe House” isn’t a BAD movie. Ryan Reynolds is the low man on the CIA ladder and when he gets a chance to move up, he blows it by losing the fugitive in his care, played by Denzel Washington. You learn along the way that Denzel’s rogue agent (see, there it is again) might not be the bad guy the CIA makes him out to be. Cue the car chases and the bromance.
These guys couldn’t make a better team. Denzel Washington is so smooth, but he walks a fine line between effortlessly cool and phoning it in. Ryan Reynolds on the other hand, works his tail off. He’s great, such an underrated actor and it has nothing to do with that ridiculous physique. He’s the perfect combination of tough and vulnerable needed for this role.
It’s all wasted though on a movie that feels too familiar from the opening frames and that’s why I’m giving “Safe House” a B-.