The hackneyed phrase ‘CIA operative working off the grid ’ is guaranteed to send a chill down the spines of thriller fans everywhere, though not for the right reasons.
As Richard Nixon once said, How many more times? Or maybe that was Led Zeppelin? Kidding. It was Led Zeppelin. But you get the point.
Here the thrill-tastic Denzel Washington plays a former CIA super spook branded a traitor, who gets assigned a rookie agent babysitter played by Ryan Reynolds. The unlikely duo get to hang in Cape Town South Africa in the so called Safe House. Lucky them.
But, oh dear—the Safe House is, as you would perhaps expect, very far from safe and the unfortunate Washington and Reynolds get chased to near exhaustion by a relentless parade of CIA goons for the next two hours of screen time.
Bournetasticly entertaining no doubt, in a déjà vu kind of way, but Crimezine challenges you not to groan out loud when you discover where Washingtons character Tobin has secreted his tiny file of information.
Things cheer up immeasurably when Langly love-ettes, played by the fetching Vera Fariknga and the equally lovely Brenda Gleeson finally show up, to chase after the boys some more, (chortle) and we just love, love, love the low budget South Africa locations, but really with the new Bourne movie Bourne Legacy coming out very soon Crimezine would have expected the Safe House crew to try much, much harder.