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Safe House (1998)

Cast: Patrick Stewart, Patrick Stewart, Kimberly Williams, more...
Director: Eric Steven Stahl, Eric Steven Stahl
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Showtime Entertainment
Genre: Espionage
Running Time: 115 min.
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English
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Patrick Stewart plays Mace Sowell, a retired government operative who possesses damaging information about a presidential hopeful, and holes himself up inside his secure compound because he fears reprisal. In order to protect himself, Sowell has designed a system whereby the information will be released to the public if he is not there to type in a password at regular intervals. This he believes will keep him from being assassinated, but just in case, he stages elaborate self-defense drills with unwitting servants, and tries to convince his family that the explanation he gave them about his career was a cover story to hide his true military affiliations. The problem is, Sowell is also suffering the early stages of Alzheimer's, so his daughter (Joy Kilpatrick) considers his paranoid stories to be delusional ravings. She hires a psychiatrist (Kimberly Williams) to analyze her father and watch over him, in the hopes of easing his dementia. Sowell initially distrusts his new companion, but begins to lower his guard and care for her deeply. Meanwhile, his disease is advancing, and if he can't remember the password, his critical information will be released prematurely and he'll be hunted down by his enemies. ~ Derek Armstrong, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Everybody's Got Bills To Pay... Even Patrick Stewart by Maasgarid January 17, 2006 - 10:17 AM PST
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I've never been to film school, but I'd imagine that there is at least one class on the "tone" of a film. If so, I think the director of "Safe House" played hooky that day.

The tone of this film is all over the map, veering wildly from romance to comedy to thriller and back again. It's made in a competent manner, but this tone shifting sabotages some of the film's better moments.

"Safe House" is ultimately a made-for-cable vehicle for its star, Patrick Stewart. He gets to do a lot of things in this film that he otherwise may have been denied. Like say "fart" and "fucker". And have a standoff with a samurai sword. And have a full-on naked shower scene. (With a brief glimpse of li'l Patrick!)

This film isn't out-and-out, Abraxas-level bad. It's just off-kilter in so many ways. Might be worth a rent if you're really curious.

SHINING MOMENT: "My name is Mace. It's short for IN YOUR FACE!"

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