It’s 4:15 pm and I’m sat in the plush Mandarin Oriental hotel in London eagerly awaiting the arrival of Daniel Espinosa and Denzel Washington, director and star of this month’s Safe House (Check out my review here). There is only one problem; they’re late. Five minutes turns into ten and then to twenty, but when Denzel walks in he’s instantly at ease, joking with us as he gets rushed to the podium. It’s simply hard to be irritated at a guy who’s so effortlessly cool. Once the two D’s got comfortable, chatter began on their new film, as well as Denzel’s career choices and whether or not he still ‘dates his wife’. Find out the answers to this and more after the jump.
Denzel Washington has played a few bad-asses during his 38 year career, the most notable of which was Alonzo Harris in Training Day, a performance that won him an Oscar. Safe House –Washington’s first film for over a year – sees him play Tobin Frost, a former agent who has been on the run for a decade selling secrets to anyone and everyone for money. As must happen in these types of films, justifications for ones actions must be explained, and this is especially intriguing here as the lines between right and wrong are particularly blurred in an overarching theme that serves the film well.
Read the rest of this review on Yin & Yang here.
Being the start of a new year and all, one phrase which I heard a lot of last month was ‘start as you mean to go on’. If that is to be an allegory for films in 2012 then it will be a very satisfying year as the standard of films in January was fantastic. This month, we have our first of four helpings of super-heroism, the return of beloved characters guaranteed to cause nostalgia for some, and much more.
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