The trailer for Safe House, the Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds CIA thriller, is out. It was filmed on-location in Cape Town while I was living there, and a few friends (not me) spotted the two stars around town, on and off set. All I experienced were massive traffic jams during day and night shoots around the city. However, I'm pretty excited to see how the Mother City is portrayed on film, even if it looks like CT and its denizens play a back-seat role to the action. Oh well. Baby steps. I'm sure it brought much-needed revenue to the city, maybe employed a few people as extras and on the crew, and doesn't appear to portray South Africa in a negative light...just the CIA. Also, maybe I'm biased, but this looks like a better vehicle for Reynolds that some of his recent action outings, and I'm hoping this is a return of the not-quite-good-not-quite-bad Denzel character, as opposed to the hero-of-various-train-situations one (Training Day--OK, he was all bad in that one, but so good--vs. Pelham 123 or Unstoppable). Add Sam Shepard, Vera Farmiga, and Brendan Gleeson to the mix, and I'm feeling pretty good.
H/T Kai. Thanks, friend!