Safe House

Denzel Washington & Ryan Reynolds? Gotta see this one then! Safe House is  2012 political action thriller directed by Daniel Espinosa, starring Washington & Reynolds and co-starring Vera Farminga, Brendan Gleeson with small roles for Joel Kinnaman & Robert Patrick. The movie deals with the corrupt world of international espionage and the dealings of the CIA.

Tobin Frost is a an ex-CIA agent turned international criminal, acquires a file from renegade¬†MI6¬†agent Alec Wade. Attacked by the mercenary Vargas, he enters an American consulate and is moved to a CIA¬†safe house¬†in¬†Cape Town, South Africa. The safe house is managed by Matt Weston, a low-level CIA agent who is itching for some action and would relish a meatier assignment than being a “housekeeper” for a safe house. He watches from the one way mirror as veteran agent ¬†Daniel Kiefer interrogates Frost and subjects him to waterboarding.¬† Vargas and his men attack the house, killing off all the CIA agents, save for Weston who was asked to keep an eye on Frost. Weston & Frost escapes in a vehicle the former commanders and Weston contacts his mentor, David Barlow, at CIA headquarters. Catherine Linklater, another CIA operative, intercepts the call and orders Weston to lie low and call back later.

Weston hides Frost in a hotel room and then calls his French girlfriend Ana, who doesn’t know about Matt being a CIA agent. Barlow later tells Weston to go to a football stadium and retrieve a¬†¬†GPS device with the location of a nearby safe house. At the stadium Frost fakes his abduction and cop arrest the two of them. Frost escapes his apprehends by killing them, leaving Weston to fight his way out and track him in the stadium crowd but is unable to capture him back. Weston is ordered to visit the nearest American embassy for debriefing. Instead he meets with Ana, where he reveals that he is a CIA agent and sends her away for her safety. He then finds out about Carlos Villar, a forger who lives in a shanty town and is an old contact of Frost. At Villar’s house, Vargas and his men shoot and kill the forger and his family but Weston is able to help Frost to escape in his vehicle. ¬†They learn that Vargas is actually working for the CIA, which is seeking to retrieve the files Frost received from Wade. It is revealed that the files contain detailed information of corrupt activities by many intelligence agencies, including the CIA itself, and that Weston’s own superiors may be implicated.

Weston takes Frost to the safe house where he is attacked by the “house keeper” there. Injured and bloodied, he pleads to Frost not to leave him behind and then faints. When he comes to Barlow, who is Vargas’s employer and has killed Linklater, is sitting by his side¬†He confirms that the file contains incriminating evidence against him, and encourages Weston to lie about what has happened. Frost returns to rescue Weston by killing Vargas and his men but is shot by Barlow. Weston then shoots Barlow in the chest, killing him. Frost gives Weston the file and tells him he is better than Frost before he dies from his injuries. Weston makes his way back to the US and goes to Langley,¬†¬†meets with CIA Deputy Director Harlan Whitford, who informs Weston that unflattering facts about the CIA must be removed from his report, but that he will be promoted. He asks Weston about the file which Matt feigns ignorance about denies having been told about it by Frost. Whitford states that whoever has those files will have many enemies. Weston leaves, then leaks the files to the Internet, incriminating personnel from many intelligence agencies, including Whitford. As the movie ends, we see Weston meeting Ana in Paris, making eye contact before disappearing.

Intriguing and engaging although I found the production could have been a bit better. I still liked the movie a lot; 8 out of 10!

Supernatural – Season 3

Season 3 begins with the brothers Winchester hunting down the demons that were released from the gates of hell. They realize that hunting down the hundreds of spirits that escaped from the Devil’s Gate‚ÄĒa doorway to Hell briefly opened at the end of the previous season‚ÄĒwill be an enormous task. With only a year left to live‚ÄĒhe made a demonic pact¬†to resurrect Sam‚ÄĒDean decides to live life to the fullest and exhibits a carefree attitude that troubles Sam, who is trying to find a loophole. Bobby calls their attention to the manifestation of the 7 deadly sins. During the scuffle, a mysterious blonde named¬†Ruby¬†(Katie Cassidy) saves Sam and kills three demons with a magical knife‚ÄĒdemons are typically immune to physical harm‚ÄĒbefore departing. The rest of the Sins are exorcised. As Sam continues his research the next day, Dean reveals that a clause in his pact will end Sam’s life if he tries to escape the deal.

Dean reconnects with an old love who has a young son and initially thinks her son could be his. It turns out to be not but the brothers do help them against changelings. Ruby reveals herself as a demon to Sam. Sam is soon the target of fellow hunters Kubrick & Walker who believe that Sam must die due to his inhuman nature. Bella Talbot in introduced as a procurer and seller to the highest bidder and steals a cursed lucky rabbit’s foot from the brothers. ¬†Dean tricks her into becoming cursed, forcing her to allow the foots destruction. Kubrick later visits Gordon in prison again. Believing the coincidences that helped him to locate Sam were caused by God, he agrees to help Gordon break out of prison. Casey, a demon, reveals to Dean that her world is in disarray following the demon¬†Azazel’s death and Sam’s failure to replace him as leader. The brothers & Bella have to join forces to battle a ghost ship, the viewing of which makes a ghost kill the viewer.

Gordon is tuned into a vampire and kills Kubrick and is later killed by Sam. Next the brothers tackle a killer Santa Claus. After helping the brothers stop a trio of powerful witches, controlled by a single on, Ruby admits to Dean that she cannot save Dean and asks his help to prepare Sam for life without him. Bela steals the Colt from the brothers while they help Bobby battle his dreams. The Trickster plagues the brothers making Sam relive Dean’s death over and over again, until they face him face to face. The brothers are caught by Henriksen and his men, tipped off by Bella, and have a showdown with a bunch of demons at a local prison. Henriksen finally is convinced that the Brothers are innocent but after the Winchesters leave, Lillith in the form on a small girl comes and kills them. Sam & Dean next meet up with the Ghostfacers – Harry & Ed and their crew who are shooting the pilot of their new reality show. They then have to face a monster that makes people listen to the voices of dead loved ones/people who’s death troubled them and thus victims are committing suicide.

Rufus, a semi-retired hunter is also introduced to the series as he helps Dean. Bella is presumably killed when her 10 years is up – she had made a deal with a crossroads demon for fortunes and a life of riches away from her abusive father. With only 30¬†hours left until Dean’s contract ends, Bobby tracks Lilith to New Harmony, Indiana. Dean does not want to attack unprepared, but refuses to seek help from Ruby due to her ambiguous nature. Sam nevertheless secretly summons her and requests her demon-killing knife. In their fight against Lillith, Ruby’s human body is killed and her demon spirit is sent away. Lilith telekinetically pins the brothers down as her hellhound mauls Dean to death. Lilith then blasts Sam with white energy from her hand. Horrified to see that it has no effect, she flees her host before Sam can retaliate. A devastated Sam cradles Dean, whose soul is then shown in Hell hanging from a vast landscape of chains and meathooks.