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First Official Poster For "Safe House" Arrives... ("No One Is Safe")

by Tambay A. Obenson
November 2, 2011 10:21 AM
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I'm not sure what to make of this first official poster for the film. They should have used the image of Denzel Washington (from the movie) I posted earlier today, in which he looks like he's about to split whoever he's looking at into several chunks of flesh. Now that's a strong image. That along with the tagline on this poster ("No One Is Safe") would have resonated more with me. Not this thing...

Seriously, WTF?

Yes, I know they there's more than meets the eye here (the smile, the handcuffed hands, the darkness, etc, given what we know about the character he plays, and what that all suggests, or could add up to); but, come on man... audiences need that instant visceral punch, and the other image is just stronger, and far more gratifying than this one.

Anyway... I'm no marketing pro, so what do I know. Just one man's opinion.

You all can judge for yourselves I'm sure :)

The first image posted earlier (below), or the second (the official poster underneath)? Someone should take that first image, stick it into Photoshop, slice out Denzel and insert him into a sea of darkness, and then superimpose the words "Non One Is Safe," along with the film's title, and stars, and let's see what that looks like.

By the way, Ryan Reynolds co-stars in the thriller, playing a CIA agent who must protect a rogue ex-agent (Washington) from assassins. The film, directed by Daniel Espinosa, is expected to be in theaters in February 2012.


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6 Comments

  • Micah | November 3, 2011 8:28 AMReply

    Tambay I like your idea for the poster. It would be very intense. However I like this one also. I supposed it just depends on they are trying to convey with the poster.

  • Neziah | November 3, 2011 5:25 AMReply

    I like it.

  • Afrostyling | November 3, 2011 3:20 AMReply

    So they basically used an image of him from Training Day? Oh okay.
    And i agree, that still would have been a perfect poster.

  • Tamara | November 3, 2011 1:41 AMReply

    I'm sorry. I thought Denzel was the agent protecting the 'rogue' Ryan.

    I have been misled...or suffer from a lack of severe reading comprehension.

    I can see Denzel, veteran agent, having to protect the rookie (Ryan) who's been framed by maybe someone inside the agency or something. But the rookie is protecting the vet, I see... Hmm...

    Neither here nor there with the poster. I do still like the scowl though ;-)

  • anonymous | November 2, 2011 10:47 AMReply

    unfortunately, audiences have no imagination any more. Does the audience really have to see half of the movie in a trailer to decide if they want to see the movie???

  • Lester Blackmon | November 2, 2011 10:34 AMReply

    I would have to agree with you on this one. Not very convincing even to the slightest.

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