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This film is very much the first clear film that is trying to mimic or simply ride the coat tales of the Bourne franchise. Tobin Frost(Denzel Washington) is a CIA traitor who has been on the run and hiding out for a decade. He pops up in South Africa, being hunted by some very nasty and highly armed gentlemen. So he allows himself to get captured at an American Embassy. Mean while we follow CIA rookie Matt Weston(Ryan Reynolds) who has a beautiful girl friend and a boring job where he simply man’s the phones at a quiet safe house(Yay the title!). That all changes when Frost is brought in and suddenly Weston finds himself in a storm of hurt.

New director Daniel Espinosa brings a real edgy movie here. The lead actors are strong and the gun fights are brutal in places. That is a real breath of fresh air. Problem is the film also feels like a slight carbon copy of every Bourne film so far. Bad ass spy? Check. Evil CIA? Check. Shaky cam? Double check! Quick cut action scenes? You bet… The main issue is the film doesn’t stop moving, not in a good way. The camera shakes over and over and it does get very distracting. Still the brutal gun fights are done well enough to make this movie stand out from most of the action films we’ve seen recently.

Biggest problem for this movie? It’s beyond predictable, you know who the villain is two minutes in, not because of the writing, because we’ve seen this story done a billion times over. The evil CIA thing is just getting old. Time to do something a little more fresh. What keeps this movie afloat frankly is Washington and a little bit Reynolds. Denzel obviously had fun playing Frost, a bad ass spy can’t be that hard to dive into. A lot more is asked of Reynolds and he really gives it everything he’s got. Problem is I’m not one hundred percent behind that he got it all right. He’s great in the action scenes, but still in many places he just doesn’t seem right in the role. When Reynolds and Washington bounce dialogue off each other it’s fun, and Denzel pushes thing along strong enough to make it work.

As an action film it works fine, we’ve seen this game before though. No real surprises here as things kind of move at a pace we’re used to. Still in the age of PG-13 and boring action films this one gets credit for me by actually putting action in the film. The gun fights are strong, just know that you’re seeing this for Denzel and don’t think you’ll be catching any ground breaking film.

Rating: 6.5/10

Audiences responded very well the adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax and showed up in droves. The film raked in over $70 million in the first three days of release. The film has been bashed a little for being a mess but I guess none of that matters. I’m sure the 3D charge helped push the finally tally up a bit. Still this opening is the best a Dr. Seuss movie has done. The team behind films like HOP and Despicable Me made this and I guess are slated to make a lot more films as they seem to just only hit home runs. At this pace The Lorax could be on of the biggest films of 2012.

Sadly landing in the second spot was the teen party film Project X. The R-rated “found footage” flick partied up about $20 million over the weekend. Sad to see people responding to this film like this when good comedies like Wanderlust are out and getting ignored. The film was rather cheap so it looks like this film will be a solid hit.

Fighting strong was the Navy Seals movie Act of Valor, the #1 movie last week feel to the third but brought in a solid $13.7 million. It has gathered almost $50 million in total which is pretty solid, not a block buster but pretty good for an R-rate action film. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island just keeps kicking it and added another $6 million, bringing its total to a little over $85 which is pretty impressive.

The Vow and Safe House are also still sticking around. Both films have broken the $100 million mark and are solid hits. A total bright spot for the studios that two none franchise films already breaking that mark is a good sign. With other films also doing really well 2012 looks like it could be a real good year for movies.

It should be noted that The Artist got a huge bump from its Oscar wins. It broke into the top ten even after being out for months. Making almost $4 million. Still that film should be getting seen by many more people. Wanderlust and Gone amazingly have already dropped out of the top ten.

Next week John Carter comes out… As a nerd I suggest everyone go see this film. I will say this because I’m biased. I hope it does well. I want sequels because that franchise is amazing.

Here is the list…

1. The Lorax $70.7 million

2. Project X $20.7 million

3. Act of Valor $13.7 million

4. Safe House $7.2 million

5. Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds $7.1 million

6. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $6.9 million

7. The Vow $6.1 million

8. This Means War $5.6 million

9. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance $4.7 million

10. The Artist $3.9 million

Weekend Box Office: Feb. 24-26th

It’s Oscar weekend which usually means a little drag at the box office, that was kind of true this weekend as nothing really impressed. The top dog was Act of Valor, that’s the one with the active Navy Seals in it, the movie shot up enough dough to take the top spot. Making almost $25 million which is pretty impressive. Rumor is the film only cost $12 million but has spent up to almost $80 million in advertising(What!?!? How is that possible?). Still very impressive an action film with an R-rating took the top spot. Maybe the ads did a good enough job to wrap people up in pro-American stuff that people maybe felt that had to see this movie.

Tyler Perry’s “Good Deeds” made a solid $16 million and landed in second place. This is not a place Tyler Perry is used to being, his films usually make it to the top spot and make over $20 million in the first weekend. Sadly though Wanderlust and the new Amanda Seyfried film Gone barely made a dent in the box office. It’s possible those films could gain some legs as the next couple weeks go by.

Mysterious Island 2 has become a surprise hit, landing in the third spot this weekend and adding another $13 million to its total. It’s close to making $80 million domestically and has made an extra $128 million world wide, it’s a hit people! The Rock can not be stopped.

A couple of the nominated films still in theaters got a boost as The Artist and Descendants made some extra cash as the Oscars approached. On top of that The Vow was the first film in 2012 to cross the $100 mark. Safe House is not far behind and should break that mark in a couple of days. Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance is dropping like a rock and will have to battle to get to $50 million total. This Means War is amazingly still sticking around after being somewhat ignored because of The Vow. Here is the list…

1. Act of Valor $24.7 million

2. Good Deeds $16 million

3. Journey 2 The Mysterious Island $13.4 million

4. Safe House $11.4 million

5. The Vow $10 million

6. Ghost Rider the Spirit of Vengeance $8.8 million

7. This Means War $8.5 million

8. Wanderlust $6.6 million

9. Gone $5 million

10. The Secret World of Arrietty $4.5 million

Weekend Box Office: Feb. 17-19th

It’s very rare that a film takes the top spot in the box office in its second week… Well not for Denzel Washington! Safe House took the top spot in a big surprise. Even more surprising is that people are really going to the movies recently. Safe House gained another $24 million to its total and could easily break the beloved $100 million mark. The Valentines Day hit The Vow dropped a bit as every couple who wanted to see that film did already, still that movie is a hit.

The Ghost Rider sequel didn’t start a fire at the box office but made a solid $22 million. It will be interesting to see if this film has any legs over the next two weeks until any larger films open. It must be noted the first Ghost Rider made $45 million in 2007 during its opening weekend. That movie was more of tent pole film though. This sequel went down a silly route, so I’m sure the studio wasn’t expecting huge returns.

Amazingly to me the MCG directed This Means War didn’t really catch with audiences. It has only made $17 million so far which surprises me. The adds I thought very much would attract average movie viewers. It’s no secret this film had issues though, rumor is the script and production kicked around for over a decade.

Only other news is The Secret World of Arrietty landed in ninth with almost $7 million. I find that as a good sign since the film was barely even advertised in the United States. Also Journey 2: The Mysterious Island has some solid legs and added another $20 million to its total, good for the Rock.

Here is the list…

1. Safe House $24 million

2. The Vow $23.6 million

3. Ghost Rider: Spirit of… $22 million

4. Journey 2… $20 million

5. This Means War $17.5 million

6. Star Wars: Episode 1 3D $7.8 million

7. Chronicle $7.5 million

8. The Woman in Black $6.6 million

9. The Secret World of Arrietty $6.4 million

10. The Grey $3 million

Weekend Box Office: Feb.10-12th

Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day approaching and audiences responded, The Vow crushed this weekend with over $40 million in the three day period. I was not really impressed with the trailers for this film, but it wasn’t exactly aimed for me. The bigger surprise is how many people went to the theaters this weekend. Denzel was a draw as Safe House racked in around $39 million. That’s huge. Both movies I feel like are surprise hits, with big opening weekends and smaller budgets the studio’s must be very excited. Especially The Vow since I believe on Tuesday(Valentine’s Day) the film should rake in some more cash.

Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 3D made a solid $23 million at the box office. No matter what you think of these films you can’t really deny the magic of seeing them on the big screen. A sequel that doesn’t really seem like a sequel, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island also did very well this weekend as I’m sure families decided to treat themselves to a 3D eye gasm. The film landed in third with over $27 million. I guess brining in the The Rock was a pretty good idea. Will see how great the legs are for that film and maybe will get Journey 3: The Bumblebee Cover… Yeah I made that up but it sounds good.

Last weeks top films dropped like rocks, Chronicle added another $12 million and easily has made more than its production cost, so it’s a hit, sort of. The Woman in Black added around $10 million to its pocket as well. At a total of $35 million and rising I’d say this film is a big surprise hit. Good for Harry Potter.

The rest of the list is pretty basic, The Grey is still making some cash. Underworld: Awakening is sticking around in the 10th spot. The Descendants is still kicking up some cash and has raised its over all total to a little over $70 million. Glad to see people like to go out and see good movies. Here is the list…

1. The Vow $41.7 million

2. Safe House $39.3 million

3. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $27.5 million

4. Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace 3D $23 million

5. Chronicle $12.3 million

6. The Woman in Black $10.3 million

7. The Grey $5.1 million

8. Big Miracle $3.9 million

9. The Descendants $3.5 million

10. Underworld: Awakening $2.5 million