Safe Haven is another movie based on the book by the same name by Nicholas Sparks. And though Sparks’ books are mainly romance this also had a bit of a thriller feel to it, with a man (David Lyons) chasing Katie (Julianne Hough). She runs to a small town and a spark ignites between her and Alex (Josh Duhamel). She befriends his two kids, Lexie (Mimi Kirkland – who’s so cute) and Josh (Noah Lomax) as well as her neighbor Jo (Cobie Smulders).
I swear in any movie or appearance Cobie Smulders makes there will be someone who relates it to How I Met Your Mother. E.G. for this film, “Kids, in 2013, your aunt Robin went to live by the beach” or for the Avengers, “Kids, in 2012 your Aunt Robin fought alongside the Avengers” or something like that. Not that I’m saying its bad, its actually funny but to her it might be a bit of a downer as she will always be remembered as Robin Scherbatsky.
Anyways having read the book before, I basically knew the whole story. Though some parts were different, it mainly followed the book and I read the book quite a few years ago so I didn’t notice much difference as I don’t really remember the details.
To be honest, the trailer does seem like the whole movie in 2 minutes except for the ending. The twist came without any warning (though like I said before I knew what was going to happen) but in the film they changed it a bit so there was a surprise there as well.
It was really well made, edited, and the actors all played their parts well. The only problem is that at some parts it seemed to move quite slowly. Oh and also at some parts the characters said some stuff that had not been introduced before and only people who have read the book would have understood what it meant.
I give this a 7/10. It is after all basically a romance story/film.
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