surface, Safe Haven looks like any other Nicholas Sparks movie.
Even the poster featuring a kissing Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel
looks much the same as past films.So it is a pleasant surprise when you
realise that there is a bit more to this film than being overly romantic
and tear-jerking the way the films based on Sparks’ novels have gained a
reputation of being. The film opens at a bus station with a young girl,
Katie (Julianne Hough) on the run and a policeman in pursuit of her. She
manages to escape and eventually makes her way to the bayside town of
Southport in North Carolina where she finds work as a waitress. Katie
ends up falling for widower and father of two, Alex (Josh Duhamel) and
makes friends with neighbour, Jo (Cobie Smoulders). She slowly begins to
open up to these new people and bit by bit, her secrets come to the
Safe Haven is the one Nicholas Sparks book that was perfect to be
made into a movie. What made the book so different to his past page to
screen adaptations is that it has a real thriller aspect to it, rather
than just being the standard romance film. As a result, it is a much
better watch than what you think it is going to be. There are three
fantastic twists that unless you read the book, you do not see coming at
all. In saying this, it is perhaps still a film for girls rather than
boys. Men will enjoy the film for its thriller aspect, but girls will
enjoy it for both the romance and the thriller aspects.
film is beautifully shot on location in North Carolina. The way it is
shot and directed by Lasse Holstrom makes you feel as though you really
are in this small seaside community and one really does believe that it
is a safe haven. The colours used in scenes such as the dusk dance are
beautiful and also the way in which the atmosphere of the film is
completely different in the place that Katie is running from to the
place she runs to is also commendable. Julianne Hough does a good job.
She does a very convincing job of creating a character who goes through
a great deal of change from the beginning to end and has the ability to
show this change step by step throughout the film. Josh Duhamel also
does well and plays the widower and father convincingly.
special features on the blu-ray disc include:-
-Deleted and Extended Scenes
Igniting the Romance in Safe Haven
Duhamel’s Lesson in Crabbing
special features as a whole are really quite short. The featurette,
“Igniting the Romance in Safe Haven” is actually quite enjoyable and
it’s a shame it doesn’t go for longer. “Josh Duhamel’s Lesson in
Crabbing” is good for a giggle as well.