Tobin Frost (Washington) has escaped from the CIA, gone rogue and spent nine years evading the Agency's detection grid. In other words, he is a very inimical ghost. For some unidentifiable reason one of the world's most criminal information brokers has gone rogue... on going rogue. Frost has new information and he has decided to harass the real villains.
Agent Matt Weston is a relative newcomer to the Agency. He has been positioned in Europe to begin learning the trade of an undercover operative. His superiors at the Agency (Brendan Gleeson as David Barlow, Vera Farmiga as Catherine Linklater, and Sam Shepard as Harlan Whitford) are scrambling to prevent Frost's escape.
When a terrorist cell invades Agent Weston's safe house, all hell breaks loose. Weston escapes with an uncooperative Frost in tow and car collisions are on full parade. At every turn the Agency demonstrates very little confidence in their newcomer agent and for good reason. Tobin continues to escape from his guardian's clutches. Their cat and mouse games cause civilian casualties and several international incidents the United States Senate would love to hold a hearing about.
Meanwhile, Agent Weston is living a double...double life. On top of being a spy, he is dating French model Ana Moreau (Nora Arnezeder). She is unaware of his extracurricular activities. Her unsuspecting attitude causes yet another roadblock for Agent Weston as he tries to protect her from the would-be international murderers.
The plot truly sounds fascinating, almost like that of Unknown with Liam Neeson. The one difference is Liam Neeson. That sixty some-odd year old man can act with a top hat and a staircase as props. Reynolds can't entertain an audience with a 100 million dollar budget and some fancy explosions. Watching Liam Neeson in action means enjoying his character. Seeing Ryan Reynolds means seeing Ryan Reynolds. He is never in character and is always full of puerility and sarcasm to an annoying extreme. Basically, Screen Spotlight believes that Safe House is a safe way to waste one's movie bucks. For an action film is packs a punch, in the viewer's face.
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