In the opening scenes of Safe House we see Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds), a wet behind the ears C.I.A. agent, cooling his heels in South Africa. After a twelve month assignment as a “house keeper” he’s seen no action in the Safe House and is itching for a transfer to an assignment with a little more action. He gets his wish when an unexpected house guest arrives; Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington), a former C.I.A. agent who’s been “off the grid” for the past ten years.
While a special team is “interrogating” (more like torturing) the fugitive they are interrupted by uninvited guests to the safe house; a team of hired killers who want to make sure whatever secrets Frost has remain a secret. With the help of the young, inexperienced agent, Washington’s character escapes and the two try and figure out who tipped off the assassins to his location at the Safe House. That’s when Safe House jumpstarts into a non-stop action adventure spy caper.
Things are not exactly what they seem and Weston has to decide if he should trust a man who’s been selling secrets to the enemy or tow the company line of The Central Intelligence Agency. While on the run the two men try to unravel the secrets while being confronted by both “good guys” and “bad guys” and trying to figure out; which is which.
Washington is extremely cool as the rogue agent. He is grace under fire and able to keep his wits, even while being tortured by his own government agents. His every move is a well thought out chess move. He’s a very cerebral killer.
Ryan Reynolds (The Green Lantern) also gives a fine performance as the young agent who discovers the world of espionage is far from black and white. He soon discovers there are many shades of “grey”.
Safe House is rated “R” for a lot of killing and violence great movie hope you enjoy it.
Posted by admin Date: Friday, February 24, 2012
Ryan Reynolds is the Green Lantern and Martin Campbell, who directed the James Bond movies Golden Eye and Casino Royale, is in charge of this huge special effects budget film. Director Campbell throws every dollar up there on the screen and the special effects are amazing. As a matter of fact the effects ARE the film. They are so heavy handed they overpower the story.
The summer of comic book movies continues with the release of the DC Comics superhero Green Lantern on the big screen. People really get caught up in this comic book stuff. I guess it’s because of their fond childhood memories of following their favorite superhero in the pages of a comic book. They know all of the background info on their guy and things like the oath he has to take to become Green Lantern (“In Brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight”). It’s a trip!
I fall on the other end of the spectrum. Sure, I’d heard of Green Lantern, but I wasn’t aware that the Green Lanterns were a brotherhood of defenders who covered each part of the universe looking for evil (did you?) or that they had their own planet. I just remembered that he was in The Justice League with Superman, The Flash and Aqua Man and them on Saturday morning cartoons. But, even with my limited knowledge, I was still able to follow the movie. So, that is good news for you if you fall into my limited knowledge category.
Posted by admin Date: Monday, June 20, 2011
Are you ready? Entertainment Tonight debuted the first full teaser trailer for Green Lantern, directed by Martin Campbell, starring Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan. This trailer will also be playing in front of Harry Potter this weekend, so everyone will get to see it. Some of the footage leaked out a few days ago, but I wanted you guys to be able to see this in proper high quality before critiquing it. This teaser is considerably long, but a perfect tease for fans of the comics, and newcomers as well who don’t know much about what’s going on. The comedy is still the roughest part to me, but overall I think this looks awesome.
Posted by admin Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Could this be what that “General Hospital” appearance was all about? Just kidding. Production Weekly is reporting on Twitter that James Franco has been cast in Danny Boyle’s new film titled 127 Hours, which tells the story of a mountain climber in Utah who had to amputate his own arm when it got pinned beneath a boulder. We’ve heard plenty of early details about 127 Hours recently, primarily because it’s Boyle’s highly anticipated follow-up to the Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire. Originally it was Ryan Gosling who was rumored for the role, but it looks like Franco landed it in the end. Shooting will start in early March in Utah.
Similar to the one-man stuck-in-a-coffin film Buried with Ryan Reynolds, 127 Hours is supposed be another one-man-show about mountaineer Aron Ralston. The title refers to the number of hours that Ralston was pinned (it calculates out to about 5 days) before he decided to cut off his own arm and escape before he died at that spot in the mountains. This will be a challenge for Franco to pull off, but with the exuberant Danny Boyle behind the lens giving him direction, I’ve got a feeling we have a true awards contender in the works. Franco has the acting chops to pull it off, it’s just a matter of making it happen. Can Franco pull it off?