Flash Movie Review: Safe Haven

More times than not, the body can heal quicker from a physical attack than from an emotional one. The body immediately works at repairing itself where the mind tends to absorb the emotional abuse, letting it settle close enough to always be heard. It takes much effort to overcome that strange voice talking from the inner mind. Running away is usually only a temporary option. Such was the case for the main character Katie, played by Julianne Hough (Footloose, Burlesque), who found herself one day in the small coastal town of Southport, North Carolina. Deciding to settle down and leave her past behind, Katie tried to keep to herself even when widowed shop owner Alex, played by Josh Duhamel (Transformers franchise, When in Rome), tried to help her out. Could Katie really leave her old life behind and find happiness in this peaceful place? Adapted from the Nicholas Sparks (The Lucky One, The Notebook) novel that I did not read; I was surprised by the suspenseful opening scenes. Beautifully filmed, Julianne and Josh were okay in their roles as they made a handsome couple. I thought David Lyons (Eat Pray Love, Storm Warning) as Tierney did a better job of acting; his character was creepy. It was possible the script made his role easier, since the rest of the formulaic story was syrupy and rushed in places. The scenes felt forced to me, as if the goal was to get a reaction out of the audience instead of the actors. I found one of the twists in the story to be utterly unnecessary which made me angry enough to lower my rating of this dramatic film. Before I am asked, this movie worked as a date movie. By the end of the film I was physically tired from sitting and unsatisfied emotionally.

 

2 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on February 19, 2013, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I read this book and then wanted the 4-6 hours of my life back. I think I used to enjoy Nicholas Sparks books at one time, but now they all seem to have the same contrived, improbable plot where all the characters are placed into neat categories.. “psychopathic husband,” “sweet, abused wife,” “handsome lonely widower.” Although in the case of the movie, can’t say I don’t like Josh Duhamel…not likely to shell out the money for this movie though!

  2. Julianne Hough is mighty good looking. Other than that I can’t think of anything else that would draw me to Safe Haven! lol

  3. I saw the trailer for this in the cinema the other day and a massive red AVOID light went off in my head but then “from the writer of The Notebook” would instantly inspire that for any film.

  4. Sounds like a skip it for sure. Thanks for the heads up.

  5. I haven’t been a big fan of Nicholas Sparks’ adaptations in the past. I appreciate your review. Thanks.

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