Nicholas Sparks has not only written some bestselling romance novels, but he has also seen many adapted onto screen. Some have been more greatly received than others, but Safe Haven, directed by Lasse Hallström is somewhat enjoyable. I know I am in the minority when it comes to critics regarding this film, but I do not care what the industry elite think. They have gotten it wrong SO many times. With this in mind, I rented it on DVD.
The story goes that a young woman on the run named Katie (Julianne Hough) pulls into a small, sleepy town of Smallport, North Carolina as they are preparing for a Fourth of July celebration. There she befriends a neighbor named Jo (Cobie Smulders), a young woman who confides that she wants to leave town, but cannot yet.
She also meets Alex (Josh Duhamel), a local single dad with two kids who runs a convenience store. They take a liking to each other and soon start to fall in love. However, her cruel husband (David Lyons) is obsessed with finding Katie. In his position as a cop, he puts out an all points bulletin on her labeling her a suspect in a murder. Unbeknownst to him, she is finding solace in a safe place.
I am not a fan of romantic movies, but this one is a better adaption of a Nicholas Sparks book. While the suspense level could have been higher, it definitely was a movie that any guy could treat his special lady to a movie night with and enjoy it just a little bit.
It’s an easy pace. It is sufficiently entertaining and you can find yourself watching it with ease.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Promise me something Katie, you’ll take a lot of pictures and only regret the ones that you didn’t take.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Language, sensuality
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