Denzel Washington just might be one of our best living actors. He’s not held down by genre or type-casting. He’s brilliant. And he shines in Safe House. He plays a rogue CIA agent, Tobin Frost, who is able to manipulate people and fight them off with hand-to-hand combat, often in the same scene.
It would have been easy to be overpowered by him, but Ryan Reynolds holds his own. He doesn’t over-act or make himself look better or tougher than his character is. Reynolds’ character, Matt Weston, is a CIA agent with no experience who gets tasked with keeping track of Frost. Of course, nothing works out as planned.
Safe House is a good thriller, showing the seedy underside of espionage, especially the need to mistrust everyone. It’s an engaging and entertaining movie. If you like action and thriller movies, you should watch this one, if only for Washington.