Safe Haven review

Posted By Horizon Staff March 28th, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment : 1 COMMENTS

Ashley Estebo

Staff Writer

In the rendition of Nicholas Sparks’ latest love story, a woman looks for a “Safe Haven” while navigating a potential romance. The well-known writer has crafted the story of Katie, a woman who seeks a place to hide from a haunting past. After finding a small town to call her own, Katie believes that she can start over and try to forget the things she has done and endured. It would not be a true Sparks creation without some romance, and that is exactly what Katie finds in her new hometown. However, things take a turn for the worst when Katie finally has to confront her past and put an end once and for all to the memories that terrorize her.

This story includes positive elements that revolve around redemption, healing and love. Though Katie has made poor choices in her past, she is given a second chance to redeem herself by starting over completely with a new job, a new name, a new house and new surroundings. When she first finds her new home, Katie is constantly wary of being followed and watched, but soon she makes a new friend and finds love. By allowing herself to fall in love and to trust the friends she has made, Katie begins to heal. With the help of Alex, the man she has fallen in love with, Katie is able to conquer her biggest fear and face her dark and threatening past.

Contrary to other movies based off of Sparks’ novels, “Safe Haven” does not focus solely on developing a passionate romance.  This film successfully balances out the romance with action and suspense. For example, the first scene in the movie unfolded with action and commotion; from then on, the story line focused on one continuous mystery. There is also a huge twist at the end of the movie which is completely surprising. It is something I would never have expected, but I was told by a friend that the ending is “typical of Sparks.”

Overall, the movie was a chick flick worth seeing. There was just enough romance, just enough action, and just enough of a twist at the end. I really had no complaints about the film. In my opinion, the actors’ performances were excellent; who doesn’t think Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough make a great movie couple? Needless to say, even if you are not a fan of romance movies, “Safe Haven” is a film you will not regret seeing!   

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