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After having played the good guy for the last several films -- Unstoppable, The Book of Eli, and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 -- Denzel Washington is hopping back to other side of the fence to get his villain on. The upcoming Safe House will let Washington stretch both his "bad" and "badass" muscles as rogue C.I.A. agent Tobin Frost, whose name suggests he has a promising future as a super-villain if the current career doesn't pan out. After the safe house where he's being held is attacked, an all-too-green C.I.A. handler (played by Ryan Reynolds) has to try to get him to a different, more-secure location. We've already seen how Denzel plays alongside Captain Kirk; now we'll see if Green Lantern can hold his own.
Moviefone has premiered the first poster for Safe House, which eschews fancy imagery in favor of Denzel just sitting there looking menacing. Really, what more do you need?
Directed by Daniel Espinosa, Safe House was scripted by David Guggenheim, who has several films in the works but no produced credits as of yet. That makes Safe House a big question mark when it comes to whether it's likely to be any good. Especially since Washington, while a stupendous actor, doesn't always choose the greatest material. Safe House has a great, stripped-down concept that could be a lot of fun if done well. I'm also somebody who doesn't understand the frequent Ryan Reynolds hate, so I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do next to Washington.
The biggest problem? That February 10th release date doesn't exactly inspire confidence...