I honestly can’t think of a movie starring Ryan Reynolds that I actually enjoyed, other than The Proposal. Don’t get me wrong, he’s not a horrible actor, it’s just that his movies never seem to fit him. He was an OK Green Lantern, but I think there could have been better. Now, his role in Safe House has been unlike any of his other roles. He plays a low-level CIA agent who pretty much just stands guard in a safe house doing nothing.
That all changes when the CIA bring in ex-CIA criminal Tobin Frost, played by Denzel Washington. A series of events happen leaving Reynolds and Washington running from even badder guys than this Tobin Frost character. Reynolds isn’t his usual joking self, instead he seems like an everyday guy. This role does him well and he does well throughout the movie.
The acting in the movie is fantastic. The main problem with this movie is the script. I mean it is not horrible, but it is fairly weak. I couldn’t help but feel like this has been done a million times. Which most movies have been done a million times, but the writers and directors are smart and deliver it in a new way. This was not done, and the movie sort of suffered.
Overall, the movie is not horrible, I don’t know how else to say it. Ryan Reynolds proved that he can carry a movie and actually act. Denzel Washington found himself in yet another action movie, which differs a lot from his earlier films. The film is not a life-changing masterpiece, but it is fun to watch. So with that, I give it an 8 out of 10.