Safe house

Theatrical Release: February 10, 2012
Safe house


Oscar winner Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds star in the action-thriller Safe House. Washington plays the most dangerous renegade from the CIA, who comes back onto the grid after a decade on the run. When the South African safe house he’s remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative (Reynolds) escapes with him. Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead. For the past year, Matt Weston has been frustrated by his inactive, backwater post in Cape Town. A “housekeeper” who aspires to be a full-fledged agent, the loyal company man has been waiting for an opportunity to prove himself. When the first and only occupant he’s had proves to be the most dangerous man he’s ever met, Weston readies for duty. Tobin Frost has eluded capture for almost a decade. He is one of the best ops men that the CIA’s known and the ex-intelligence officer has given up assets and sold military intel to anyone with cash since he turned. From trading secrets to North Korea to aiding splinter cells, the damage he’s done to the U.S. is immeasurable. And he’s now back on the reservation with a secret.

Dove Review

I actually winced a bit at one scene in this film, a scene in which a bullet crashes through both a windshield and a man’s head and blood is sprayed up on the windshield. It is very realistic and very gross. And unfortunately there are too many of these kinds of scenes in this movie. It contains a lot of chase scenes, vehicles colliding, rapid exchange of gun fire, explosions and flames, blood, and a scene in which a man is tortured. The lighting is often dark in this picture as is the nature of the film.

Denzel Washington plays Tobin Frost, a CIA renegade is who is both experienced and dangerous. In a South African safe house where Frost is held he and rookie Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) escape when mercenaries attack. Weston wants to bring Frost in, which would be his first major victory in his job. These two battle with each other for the upper hand which makes for an interesting plot but the movie fails big time as being one the entire family can sit down and enjoy. We can’t award our Dove Seal to this one. Check out the violence content listed below.

Content Description

Sex: Implied sex between a major character and his girlfriend; man and his girlfriend get into shower together; girl asks man if he wants to go to bed with her; a man asks another man if he just called his girlfriend and then says, "Maybe it was your boyfriend, I don't know, I don't judge".
Language: F-2; S-3; H-7; A-1
Violence: A lot of violence including a few really bloody scenes which might make the viewer wince; a shot hits the windshield of a car and a man is hit in the head and blood is sprayed on the windshield; a man is shot in the head on a street and the impact is very quickly shown and then next we see the man down with blood under his head; many shoot-out scenes with several people killed; a man breaks another man's neck in a fight; car collisions and vehicle crashes; a man is tortured by a towel being forced on his head and then water or a liquid being poured on him while he gasps for air; a man is locked in a trunk; guns held on people; a man is hit with a club; people run for cover on a busy street when shooting takes place; a police officer is shot; a racing vehicle hits a low hanging concrete block; a man retrieves something from his own body; men cut each other with shards of broken glass.
Drugs: The drinking of wine in a few scenes; a man mentions his parents and sister died when his father was drunk driving; a scene in which a drink looking like beer is consumed; man shoots something into his own body.
Nudity: Shirtless man; woman seen in tank top and panties; woman's bare shoulders and back seen as she gets into shower; cleavage.
Other: A man wonders if he is a patsy; a woman anxiously waits for her boyfriend who is on an assignment; a few attitudes are displayed by various characters.


Company: Universal Pictures
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Producer: Scott Stuber
Genre: Action
Runtime: 115 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter