Safe House (BLU-RAY)

Safe House

On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 55 Minutes
Interesting Tidbits

Among the names considered for the role of Matt Weston were: Channing Tatum, Zac Efron, Tom Hardy. Chris Hemsoworth, and Chris Pine to name a few. Personally, I am happy they went with Ryan Reynolds.

“Safe House” is the story of a CIA agent named Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds), who’s tasked with watching and maintaining a CIA interrogation safe house in Cape Town, South Africa. It sounds like a tame and boring detail for any CIA agent until Matt is notified that CIA rogue agent and traitor, Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington), has just been captured and is being transported to Matt’s safe house. Wherever Tobin goes, chaos and trouble isn’t too far behind. What happens to Matt and why is Tobin such a threat and being so desperately pursued by the CIA? You are going to have to watch the movie yourself to find out.

From the beginning to the end, this movie had me on the edge of my seat wanting to find out what would happen next. Each character was perfectly cast, but I had some doubts about Ryan Reynolds at first. Denzel Washington is brilliant in pretty much every role he submerges himself into, but I was not sure if Ryan would be able to keep up with him in this serious role. However, I was pleasantly surprised with Ryan’s acting skills in this movie and was impressed at how well he raised the bar for himself to be as great an actor as Denzel. Their chemistry and dynamics through the movie was perfect and added a lot to the plot and my enjoyment of “Safe House.”

The plot was very thoughtful and unpredictable with lots of action and suspense. The chase scenes were well done and memorable. Also, the picture quality was very sharp and the sound was clear and sounded great on my surround sound speakers. They also included a lot of extras and behind the scenes featurettes to add even more value to this Blu-ray package. I have not seen an action movie with such a great storyline that made sense, but always kept you guessing, in a long time. I highly recommend “Safe House” and am giving this movie an “A.” 

Paul Arca
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