Safe House

February 10th 2012
  • Action/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 115 min,
  • Universal Pictures
  • Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Denzel Washington, Brendan Gleeson, Vera Farmiga, Liam Cunningham, Robert Patrick, Joel Kinnaman, Sam Shepard, Tanit Phoenix, Rubén Blades, Jake McLaughlin, Stephen Bishop, Nora Arnezeder, Fares Fares, Sara Arrington, Trayan Milenov-Troy, Nora Bauer, Cyril Vendola

  • Director: Daniel Espinosa
  • Writer: David Guggenheim
  • Producer: Scott Stuber
  • Executive Producers: Scott Aversano, Marc D. Evans, Trevor Macy, Adam Merims
  • Art Directions: Jonathan Hely-Hutchinson, Shira Hockman, Pablo Maestre Galli
  • Casting: Sarah Finn
  • Costume Design: Susan Matheson
  • D.O.P.: Oliver Wood
  • Editor: Richard Pearson
  • Makeup: Vincenzo Mastrantonio
  • Music: Ramin Djawadi
  • Production Design: Brigitte Broch
  • Set Decorations: Melinda Launspach, Andrew McCarthy, Tom Olive


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. One of the best ops men that the CIA's known, 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.

As soon as Frost is brought in for debriefing, mercenaries come and tear apart Weston's safe house. Barely escaping, the unlikely partners must discover if their attackers have been sent by terrorists or someone on the inside who will kill anyone standing in the way. Now it's up to Weston to figure out who he can trust before they're both eliminated from the game.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Cape Town, South Africa
  • MPAA Warning: Strong violence throughout and some language
  • Production Budget: $85 million
  • Production Companies: Intrepid Pictures, Moonlighting Films, Stuber Productions
  • Production Schedule: February 2011 - May 2011

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2012 Guide Analysis: "Swedish filmmaker Daniel Espinosa exploded onto the international scene with the 2010 thriller "Snabba Cash" (Easy Money). Not only did that film make a star out of leading man Joel Kinnaman (who went on to lead AMC's "The Killing") but Hollywood is already at work on the remake. For his follow-up however, Espinosa joined the studio system to tackle this action thriller for Universal.

Set in Cape Town, the story has a group of rebel soldiers from a nearby region destroying a CIA-operated safe house. The facility's young house-sitter must work to move the dangerous former operative gone rogue who is being temporarily stored there to another secure location while avoiding his escape or both of them getting killed.

Espinosa has said in interviews that he had no intention of signing on for a generic Hollywood action movie and if he couldn't do the film the way he wanted to make it he would've easily let someone else take on the challenge. Espinosa and Washington reportedly spent a month together hammering out the script making sure it worked.

Armed with a great cast and a good budget, the tone aims to be grounded and realistic - the good and bad guys aren't clearly defined. From the trailers and promo materials, the visual style for this is akin to a slightly dialled down Tony Scott - that over saturated, blown out contrast and jerky camera look but thankfully not as extreme on any of those fronts. Could be a solid surprise."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 2 February 2012: Israel
  • 9 February 2012: Australia, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore
  • 10 February 2012: Canada, Estonia, Lithuania, Spain, Turkey
  • 15 February 2012: Sweden
  • 16 February 2012: Denmark, Hungary, Portugal
  • 17 February 2012: Finland, Romania
  • 22 February 2012: Belgium, France
  • 23 February 2012: Germany, Hong Kong, Netherlands
  • 24 February 2012: Ireland, Norway, UK
  • 2 March 2012: Italy
  • 22 March 2012: Argentina