You would be forgiven for thinking that the Denzel Washington spy thriller Safe House
was directed by Tony Scott, seeing as how the two men have worked together five times already, and the grainy, hyper-edited action sequences recall Man on Fire
. In fact, it’s directed by Daniel Espinosa, who brings a Scott-like feel to the story of an ambitious, low-level CIA field officer named Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) who ends up guarding Tobin Frost (Washington), a wily former agent wanted by multiple countries for selling state secrets.
As the movie opens, Weston is a young agent who has seen no action in over a year while stationed in a South African C...