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Compared with a superior potboiler like "Salt," which messed with your brain in entertainingly far-fetched ways, Safe House is action-movie porridge gussied up into a less-clever-than-it-seems mystery.
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Safe House has two powerful performances at its core, a hectic plot, a huge body count and a mild sense of déjà vu amid the pulse-quickening tension.
Terse and understated, this is a spy vs. spy tale designed to minimize talk and maximize action, not at all a bad thing in movies but over-worked to near-exhaustion here.
Safe House is a sturdy enough thriller, but one that consistently defaults to the less interesting of its two lead characters.
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Quick, somebody beat up Ryan Reynolds...
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Nobody puts Denzel in a corner.
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