1) What’s up with Vera Farmiga’s makeup in this pic? Is it part of a CIA plot to make natural beauties like Ms. Farmiga look like kewpie dolls?
2) Is Ryan Reynolds playing with guns again? I thought he learned his lesson. (In the behind-the-scenes DVD feature for Smokin’ Aces he admits “it’s pretty weird for a young Canadian man to be working with guns this much.” )
3) Isn’t Denzel Washington getting a little old for this? (Apparently not, because he acts convincingly dangerous as a slippery rogue agent tangling with CIA types played by Reynolds, Sam Shepard, Brendon Gleeson and the aforementioned Ms. Farmiga.)
4) I know what the producers say on the DVD. But didn’t they really hire director Daniel Espinosa because he was cheaper than other, more established action lensers? (The Chilean-Swedish helmer makes his Hollywood debut with this so-so thriller. He has one other feature film to his credit, a Swedish language pic called Snabba Cash.) Frankly, Safe‘s queasy cinematography, jittery editing and “aw c’mon” plot points (by first-time feature film scripter David Guggenheim, not to be confused with Oscar-winning documentarian Davis Guggenheim) kinda threw me off.
Oh well, I guess you have to learn somewhere.