Saturday, February 25, 2012

'Safe House' A Solid Thriller In South Africa


By Mariechen Puchert
Senior writer


CAPE TOWN, Western Cape, South Africa -- Matt Weston, keeper of an uneventful CIA safe house in Cape Town gets all the action he dreamed of and more when one of the CIA’s most-wanted is captured in South Africa.
What he was not counting on, though, was information regarding his employer that he is ill-equipped to handle.
Starring Denzel Washington, this thriller and action film leaves audience members on the edge of their seats.
The South African setting contributes much to the film’s acclaim, offering a political instability, a language barrier and unfamiliar settings for characters to traverse.
In terms of cinematography, the directing crew utilizes a variety of angles and filming methods, providing an on-the-ground action-milieu.
The downfall of Safe House is the rather overdone conspiracy theme, insisting that the CIA is not all it is made out to be. The plot is slightly redeemed by leaving small details to the very end, many which are unpredictable.
Sensitive viewers are to be warned as this film is filled to the brim with explicit scenes of violence.
Despite the permeating conspiracy, Safe House offers good cinematographic entertainment. 

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