Safe Haven

Safe Haven

Lasse Hallström (2013)

110min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Director Lasse Hallström followed his hit adaptation of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen with this slick, solidly acted but daftly plotted romance based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook). Julianne Hough stars as Katie, a "person of interest" in a crime case, who flees Boston and the cop (David Lyons) obsessively hunting her. She holes up in a sleepy coastal town where, predictably, she falls for the hunky Alex (Josh Duhamel), a widower with kids who runs the local store. But Katie's bubble of bliss is eventually burst when the pursuing policeman - so sweatily psychotic that you wouldn't be surprised if he had "nutjob" tattooed on his forehead - manages to hunt her down. The film is over-egged, overlong, and boasts a final plot twist that may convince on the page, but fails to do so on screen. That's a shame, because there is some early promise; it's just aspects of the delivery that ultimately let it down.

Summary

Premiere. A mysterious woman arrives in a small coastal town looking to make a fresh start, but seems reluctant to discuss her past. As she forms a close friendship with a neighbour and falls for a single father, she begins to realise the time has come to confront the dark secrets she is fleeing from. Romantic drama based on Nicholas Sparks' novel, with Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel and Cobie Smulders.

Cast & Crew

Katie Feldman/Erin Tierney Julianne Hough
Alex Wheatley Josh Duhamel
Kevin Tierney David Lyons
Jo Cobie Smulders
Josh Noah Lomax
Lexie Mimi Kirkland
Mrs Feldman Irene Ziegler
Roger Red West
Director Lasse Hallström
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment One / Momentum PicturesGuidance: Some violence and swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 1 Mar 2013
Drama