Director: Lasse Hallström
Starring: Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel
Is there such a drought of new ideas in Hollywood that movies have to be constantly rehashed? Ten minutes into Safe Haven I had an overwhelming feeling of Deja vu that I’d experienced this before. A young lady runs off to a small town trying to escape her bad cop husband. She meets and falls in love with an idyllic guy only to potentially have her new found happiness shattered by her demented husband... sound familiar? - Why of course the actors and locations are different, but the storylines are all too familiar. It's uncanny resemblance to many movies in recent times is so unsubtle and seemingly many key elements from The Lucky One and Charlie St Cloud have been extracted to create this celluloid clone.
Safe Haven is based on the latest bestseller by Nicholas Spark, a writer who has perfected the art of writing tear jerker romance novels. His books are so popular that when transformed into feature films they guarantee not only an increase in the sale of tissues, but also an increase in the sale of movie tickets. Julianne and Josh have chemistry as the couple who are destined to be together and the two child performers are cute and very convincing in the sentimental scenes. Beautifully filmed in a summery seaside town, the underlying theme of trying to carry on with life after the death of a loved one will reduce many viewers to tears.
The twist at the end of the film is brilliant and redefines the word “twist” but it’s nothing that you haven’t seen before. It does however compensate for a script which lacks originality and which is filled with cliche after cliche. A perfect chick flick and date movie and ultimately very enjoyable, it’s just that it’s been done so many times before. JAKE