My third Valentine’s Day release was another Nicholas Sparks romance novel turned movie. The typical plot line of a disturbed past, someone having passed away from cancer, and the life after the loss and how we move on outlines Safe Haven as well. I don’t mean to sound degrading to the movies or books – trust me I love them, but this movie seemed to follow in line. Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel were an outstanding duo. As their relationship grows, Katie’s past starts to unravel. We know she ran away from a man, we know she had a bloody knife, and we know there is a cop chasing her. What we don’t know is why. As the stories and characters build, we learn she is wanted for murder.
At this point, we are filled with mix emotions, I’ve never wanted anyone to get away with murder more – then we find out – well the cop is her husband. This becomes a straight shot to the climax of the movie, which ends in a heroic effort of both Katie and Alex to save what they have left in life, while both their pasts come crashing down: her husband and his shop. The part I enjoyed the most was the last scene when Alex shares with Katie a letter from his late wife, and the unknown suddenly becomes clear. Overall, I enjoyed it and thought it was a great adaption from another great Sparks book.
Entertainment Factor: 9/10
Acting Quality: 8.5/10
- Safe Haven – Film Review (ataglancemag.com)
- Lessons on Love from Nicholas Sparks (Safe Haven Feature) (thepeoplesmovies.com)
- Safe Haven (fogsmoviereviews.com)