** (out of four)
Stop me if you've heard this before:
Someone in a government organization (FBI/CIA/whatever) may be corrupt.
A former operative is now one of the most dangerous men on the planet.
Foreign, anonymous villains have no names and slightly inferior driving skills to our hero.
Yes, all this freshness can be yours if you visit “Safe House,” an action movie that might be better if it weren’t about anything. The chases and fights are fine; that’s not the issue. The issue is that the story, in which under-stimulated CIA agent Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) must secure ex-CIA agent/current traitor Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington), has no rocks to uncover. This Capetown-set action flick is a battlefield of the familiar, without the complexity or the spark to make it explode.