A rookie CIA operative goes on the run with a rogue former intelligence officer after a South African safe house comes under attack by heavily armed mercenaries. Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent just waiting for the perfect opportunity to prove himself. But that's no easy task when you've been cooped up in an empty Cape Town safe house for a whole year. Weston realizes that a prime opportunity is headed his way, however, when he learns that former agent Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) has been captured after nearly a decade on the run. Frost is about to become Weston's one and only guest at the safe house, and the fledgling agent is determined to handle the situation like a true professional. But by selling U.S. secrets to countries like North Korea, Frost has made more than his fair share of enemies in high places, and shortly after he arrives at the safe house, all hell breaks loose. A small army of gunmen are determined to see Frost dead. Meanwhile, Weston will do everything in his power to protect Frost, regardless of his crimes. Now Weston's only hope for getting out of this alive is to find out who's gunning for them, and seek out someone he can trust before it's too late. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
The good: Head shots and the realism of the guns kept me on edge,Ryan Reynolds I am getting use to in serious roles was convincing,Denzel was his usual, intense role came off as good as "Training Day" unpredictable and cunning. Good action and fighting scenes, and the usual discovery the way in which the govt. operates. The NOT so bad, not the most original plot, but then even "The Bourne Identity " ORIGINALLY done 1988, is not the most original, unless you are a teenager, and not the last time espionage,whistle blowing,and govt. corruption plots will be used for movie scripts. Very entertaining although some predictability was evident.
This was an odd combination of dreadfully boring dialog and edge of your seat action. You sit on the edge of your seat waiting for the next great line that doesn't always come. Reynolds was convincing as the rookie agent and Denzel was as usual, on top of his game. Both played their roles extremely well but the script left me wanting for a little more. All in all, I still give this four stars as I work in the IC and the story is extremely plausible.
This was by far the worst film Denzel Washington has acted un. Saying this Denzel never does what is ever considered a "bad job". Plenty of Action almost to much action. The acting on Ryan Reynolds part was excellent bravo for Ryan Reynolds. The overall plot was as expected so really no surprises or twist of events.
The movie was predictable and the bright spot for me was watching Ryan Reynolds who made the film believable.
The positives: some decent action sequences. That's the only reason this piece of garbage got a half star from me. The negatives: Hollywood, PLEASE take note: 1. TERRIBLE sound. If actors cannot learn how to enunciate and insist on mumbling, pay your sound guy better! The dialogue was atrocious when you could understand anything. Which was rare. 2. Please, enough already with the politically correct plot device of "every-clandestine-agency sucks-and-the traitor-has-a-heart -of- gold " nonsense. Yada, yada, yada, moronic, ridiculous and BORING. 3. Denzel, stick to acting. If that's what you call it. Everyone else was better and they phoned it in. The most fun I had was identifying the actor that played "Mad Eye Moody" in the Harry Potter movies.
Denzel Washington can make a mediocre movie great, and I thought the movie was okay. The story was what interested me. I love how Matt Weston's character is truly schooled by Tobin Frost. I know that this plot has been done many times before, but I still love it. This movie reminded me that patriotism doesn't necessarily mean that you just follow and don't ask questions.
If I were judging this movie only by the acting, I'd most likely rate it 4 stars rather than 3. I felt the story was trite and predictable. It's exciting if you like shoot 'em up adventure/thrillers (and I do). My boyfriend and I both got a kick out of it. Ryan Reynolds' character is intelligent but untried in the field. Suddenly he's responsible for the the safety of Danzel Washington's character who is a CIA legend as well as a rouge agent. DW's character is presented as a bad guy, a traitor, and RR's as the good guy, but really? It's baptism by fire for RR's character, and the development between them IS the best story. To tell you more would ruin it. It's a hoot and entertaining if you don't mind being 2-3 steps ahead of the action most of the time.