Magazine March 19, 2012, Issue

Hollywood’s CIA

Denzel Washington in Safe House (Universal)
A review of Safe House

The most remarkable thing about Safe House, the new hit thriller starring Denzel Washington as a rogue CIA operative on the loose in South Africa, is that it wasn’t made during the Bush presidency. Essentially an updating of 1975’s Three Days of the Condor, with a naïve junior spook (Ryan Reynolds in the Robert Redford role) caught up in intra-Langley maneuverings and mayhem, Safe House has all the hallmarks of Hollywood’s Bush-era revival of the paranoid style. In the spirit of such movies as Syriana and the Bourne franchise, it depicts the American intelligence bureaucracy as the sum of all

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