Safe Haven (12A)

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Safe Haven (12A)

  • Starring: Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough, Cobie Smulders, Irene Ziegler, David Lyons
  • Director: Lasse Hallstrom
  • Duration: 115 mins
  • Year: 2013

Erin Tierney boards a bus bound for Atlanta and alights early in the quaint fishing community of Southport. She rechristens herself Katie Feldman and sparks romance with hunky widower Alex Wheatley.


Alison Rowat's Review

Lasse Hallstrom’s adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel is sure to provide a safe haven in the cinema for anyone in search of a warm, soothing, sun-dappled romantic tale with added marshmallows of soppiness on top.

All the usual ingredients of a Sparks tale are here– a cute heroine (Julianne Hough), a strong-jawed, kindly hero (Josh Duhamel), a couple of gorgeous kids, a whiff of sadness, and a picture postcard setting stuffed with fishing boats, homely restaurants and good neighbours.

This time, though, there is an added edginess as we find out more about Katie (Hough). She has moved across the country to start a new life, is clearly in need of friends, yet she is desperate to keep everyone at a distance.

The injection of thriller elements is a welcome, and well done, change of pace and style. Alas, it doesn’t last long enough. Before you know it, Hallstrom’s film has settled into a too familiar groove. In short, catnip if you are a fan, a head-nipper if not.