Friday, February 24, 2012

57) Safe House (2012)

57) Safe House (2012) Dir: Daniel Espinosa Date Released: February 10, 2012 Date Seen: February 11, 2012 Rating: 2.5/5

I like to imagine that the subtext of this movie is a fight between Tony Scott and one of his more self-aware clones. Denzel is Scott, the influential rogue interrogator/action filmmaker that made the rules and now has broken them (or so it seems). Ryan Reynolds is Espinosa, the plucky new kid on the block, the up-and-comer, the new karate kid. Reynolds will succeed at protecting Denzel's legacy (ie: his life) by inadvertently proving that he's not actually better than him but rather has been conforming to his rules and helping him the entire time. Because there's a mole, right at the top of the...

...CIA?/action cinema, and it's...

Ok, here's where that silly reading breaks down. Because I have no idea who Brendan Gleeson is in that scenario. In any case, in the film I saw, Denzel mugs it up and is occasionally charming (naturally) while Ryan Reynolds is naturally charming and ups his mugging to match Denzel's. Some set pieces were fun, most were not. Brendan Gleeson kills a man. And I think that's about it.

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