"Safe House" is a thematically appropriate title for this boilerplate Bourne-esque spy yarn, a film that aggressively aspires to adequacy. Ryan Reynolds, who holds the world title for Least Deserving Movie Star, plays a CIA gopher who finds himself in custody of a rouge agent played by Denzel Washington. Pic consists largely of modest action sequences and talky, unimaginative boardroom dialogue leading up to one of those sadly common spy movie tropes that mistakes treason against the U.S. for morality. One needs only half a brain to anticipate every development, especially the identity of the CIA mole. Though Daniel Espinosa’s shaky-cam direction is less inept than Paul Greengrass similar efforts, someone needs to tell these people action scenes work better when the audience can tell what’s going on.
2 out of 5