February 15, 2012

Van Wilder in a heads up battle against the Man on Fire! My article on the espionage thriller Safe House is up on the gmanews.tv website.

If you can believe it, South Africa has hot French girls galore. And Mr Green Lantern always gets the chicks in his movies, like the gorgeous Nora Arnezeder.

See what I mean? Too bad she only cameos for about 12 minutes. But still, check it out.

Rogue espionage thrills in ‘Safe House’

Karl R. De Mesa February 11, 2012 7:05pm

The hunt for Tobin Frost has finally come to an end.

In Safe House, Denzel Washington is back as a misunderstood anti-hero. This time he’s the grizzled and hoary headed Frost, currently number one on the CIA’s most anted list. He’s been selling the secrets of the CIA and the rest of the intelligence community to the highest bidder for almost a decade. As such, he naturally has more enemies than you can shake a black ops book at, so it’s a big surprise to the Agency bosses Catherine Linklater (Vera Farmiga) and David Barlow (Brendan Gleeson), when he walks into South Africa’s US consulate to get arrested. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

The movie opens with Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds), a low level CIA flunky who’s been based at Johannesburg for over a year and never seen any action. He’s one of the many “housekeepers” (read: caretakers) of the safe houses that the Agency uses for operations around the world for billeting, incarceration and the occasional information extraction.

Desperate to move on and join his French girlfriend (played by Nora Arnezeder as the requisite eye candy) who’s being transferred to France, Weston is waiting for a chance to prove himself. “How am I supposed to get more experience by staring at four walls all day?” he complains to Gleeson.

In the spy game, you need to be careful just what you wish for. A double cross is revealed as a triple cross and so on and it’s still just another day at the CIA. See, at the same time that Weston was complaining to his superiors in Langley that he wants a transfer, Tobin Frost was trying to make a big deal go down smoothly.

Now in custody at Weston’s facility, the US extraction team headed by Robert Patrick in a great cameo role as the squad leader starts to question Frost in that very special and none too tender CIA way. As if on cue, that’s when the unknown (and very well trained) group that was hunting Frost breaches the safe house. All protocol flies out the window as everyone on the extraction team is overrun and killed. At this point, Frost manages to suggest to the rookie Weston to “Remember rule number one: you are responsible for your house guest. I’m your house guest.”

So, on Frost’s urging, they flee the safe house. All the fun begins there.

Read the rest HERE.

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