Tuesday, July 24, 2012

One Minute Movie Review: Safe House

Unfortunately, this film is incredibly predictable and ends up trying too hard to be more than it ever could be. Its fundamental drawback, playing it safe, too safe, utilizing regurgitated tactics and plot devices instead of a creative and engrossing storyline. If not for Ryan Reynolds performance, which may be his career best, this would be a total dud. However, Denzel, who is by far, one of the best actors of his time, provides what appears to be an attempt at a severely watered down version of his Training Day role minus the uninhibited profanity and uncontrolled ire. The chemistry between Reynolds and Washington had potential, but a lackluster script failed to fully explore their relationship or allow  a truly engaging story. The cinematography is reminiscent of Man on Fire, but possessing none of its power and grit. The action is mediocre, instead of edgy and dramatic becoming entirely benign, culminating into an entirely anti-climatic ending. 2 out of 5 Kernels; I can safely say, this house would not pass inspection, especially if expecting suspense or excitement.

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