** (out of four)
Stop me if you've heard this before:
Someone in a government organization (FBI/CIA/whatever) may be corrupt.
A former operative is now one of the most dangerous men on the planet.
Foreign, anonymous villains have no names and slightly inferior driving skills to our hero.
Yes, all this freshness can be yours if you visit “Safe House,” an
Recalling the political simplicity of disappointments like “Green Zone” and “Rendition,” “Safe House” wastes Vera Farmiga in a thankless command center role (a la “Source Code”) and revolves around a secret file that “Mission: Impossible” has tracked down about a zillion times. Washington, quieting down his swagger, and Reynolds, exploring fear instead of his usual arrogance, work individually but never mesh, except when Matt locks Tobin in a trunk and he breaks out from the inside. Their physical conflict achieves more than their conversation, which tackles the inevitability of corruption as if we hadn’t already figured out what’s going on 20 minutes ago. Anyone who says"Safe House" will keep you guessing is either a liar, or just a really bad guesser.