Safe House is a recent Hollywood production with strong Swedish ties therefore we thought it might be appropriate to see it as a part of our monthly Stockholm film blog meetup ”Filmpanarna” this Saturday. When you have read my thoughts on it you can find links at the bottom for the other four bloggers that saw it with me.
Safe House is directed by Daniel Espinosa who is Sweden’s most interesting director right now. Ive seen two of his previous features Babylonsjukan and Easy Money (Snabba Cash), which is getting a limited theatrical release in the US on the 27th of July. When seeing Safe House its apparent he got that gig after directing Easy Money which is a good study of the criminal under world of Stockholm, do check it out if you have the chance.
Now over to Safe House heres a re-cap of the plot courtesy Douglas Young:
”Matt Weston (‘Ryan Reynolds’ ) is a CIA rookie who is manning a safe house in Cape Town, South Africa, when Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) the CIAs most wanted rogue agent is captured and taken to the safe house. During Frost’s interrogation, the safe house is overtaken by mercenaries who want Frost. Weston and Frost escape and must stay out of the gunmen’s sight until they can get to another safe house.”
If you are expecting something else than the typical generical action/chase film you are bound for disappointment. Espinosa proves that it indeed is possible to make the Hollywood transition and doing a commercial film on the same turf as the best ones over there. Sure this is not the Fugitive in any way but Safe House is still entertaining enough to be worth checking out in the cinema.
The plot works well until the last third when it takes some wrong turns that I wished they had done different and the film would have benefitted from ending earlier than it did.
One problem I’d like to bring up is again the use of the alibi girlfriend/romantic subplot (as seen in Return to the Planet of the Apes and Real Steel just to mention two examples). The female character could easily have been edited out of the film without diminishing it. I wish that Hollywood and filmmakers in general started writing believable female characters that added something to the film.
Finally, I think Denzel does an awesome job playing a slightly different version of his Training Day character while Ryan Reynolds still has to prove himself as a bankable marquee star.
As said in the introduction I saw Safe House together with four other Swedish Filmbloggers on our monthly meet-up. If you are interested in joining us please e-mail at joelcomments[at]gmail.com and I’ll tell you more about our gathering.
Now over to the links:
Enjoy and let us know what you think about Safe House!