Poster and Trailer for Safe House Starring Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington
11.04.11 by Ryan
2011 hasn't been a good year for Ryan Reynolds. With expectations set very high, Green Lantern turned out to be one of the summer's biggest comic book movie bombs, while August's The Change-Up fared even worse, finally settling the question: "Will audiences watch a body swap comedy if it's Rated R?" Turns out the answer is no.
Reynolds is looking to rebound in 2012, first with Safe House, a thriller that co-stars Denzel Washington, who, even when one of his movies gets mixed reviews (The Book of Eli, for instance), still do pretty well at the box office (R.I.P.D., which pairs Reynolds with Jeff Bridges, will follow later in June). In Safe House Reynolds plays a rookie CIA operative who is forced to protect Washington, a renegade former CIA agent who traded national secrets. A new poster and first trailer have finally arrived for the movie, months before it opens early next year.
Here's the official synopsis for Safe House, which makes the movie seem much more complicated than the trailer does.
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.
Safe House was directed by Daniel Espinosa, the Swedish director behind the 2010 crime thriller Snabba Cash, a.k.a. Easy Money. Newcomer David Guggenheim wrote the script.