Lite’s Review Room – Weekend Movies: “The Vow” “Safe House” (page 5)

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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is a new movie from Warner Bros. directed by Brad Peyton (Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore) and stars Dwayne Johnson (Fast Five), Michael Caine (The Dark Knight), and Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical).

In this follow-up to the 2008 worldwide hit “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” the new 3D family adventure “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” begins when young Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson, reprising his role from the first film) receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist.

It’s a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret.Unable to stop him from going, Sean’s new stepfather, Hank (Dwayne Johnson), joins the quest.

Together with a helicopter pilot (Luis Guzmán) and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter (Vanessa Hudgens), they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever.


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Safe House

“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-. Here’s a reminder for the Star Wars fans. “Episode 1: The Phantom Menace” is coming out in 3D this weekend, because apparently 2 dimensions just weren’t enough for Jar Jar Binks.

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