Release Date
February 14, 2013
Lasse Hallström
Gage Lansky
Dana Stevens
Based On The Novel By
Nicholas Sparks
Distributed By
Relativity Media
$28 million
Drama, Romance, Thriller
Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving threatening behavior, and for violence and sexuality
115 minutes

Safe Haven

Truth be told, I could watch Julianne Hough with short, blonde hair, do just about anything for any period of time. And for such a young actress with plenty of other professions on her plate, she nails a good portion of her moments. “Safe Haven” is another Nicholas Sparks adaptation and although it lacks the sincerity and thoughtfulness of Sparks’ previous works (meaning I did not cry during this screening), it still attempts to hit those marks.

Containing many telegraphed and laughable twists, the film falls shy of two hours long and loses all of its steam in the last thirty minutes. Sparks’ films rely heavily on the chemistry between the leads and Hough/Duhamel may not be the best couple to come out of his adaptations, it was still nice to see. The love story of “Safe Haven” is worth the price of admission, but the muddling counterparts including the insanely bad twist at the end is what gives these types of films a bad name.


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