Film
“Safe Haven” Same Ole Love Story
By LaDale Anderson
Feb 13, 2013 - 7:08:02 PM

HOLLYWOOD—The novels of Nicholas Sparks have been known to grace the big screen from time to time. “The Notebook,” “The Last Song,” “A Walk To Remember,” “The Lucky One” and “Dear John” are just a few of the novelists pictures to be adapted on the big screen. You can now add another love story to that list “Safe Haven.” 

 

This tale follows Katie (Julianne Hough) a stranger who mysteriously turns up in the town of Southport, North Carolina. Hough infuses that next door likability to a character that the audience does not know much about in the beginning. It’s obvious that she’s hiding some secrets and as the movie progresses the audience learns just what those secrets are. 

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Katie (Julianne Hough) in "Safe Haven."

 

She is indeed a guarded woman; she has a protective wall built around her where she rarely allows people to penetrate. It all changes when she encounters Alex Wheatley (Josh Duhamel). The duo dance around the possibility of being in a relationship at first, but the attraction between them is so strong fighting temptation is inevitable. 

 

It’s the typical romance story of boy meets girl, girl falls in love with boy and unforeseen forces attempt to prevent the happy ending. "Safe Haven,” unlike the typical romantic comedy introduces a bit of mystery into its plot that has been foreshadowed in the trailers and TV spots. Katie is the victim of an abusive marriage and makes a run for it. She has a tragic past life, just as Alex has suffered tragedy and through those downfalls the two are united.

 

The audience the picture is geared towards (females) will swoon over the chemistry between Duhamel and Hough; the males unfortunately will have to endure the same ole story. Hough’s dramatic chops are not pushed in this picture the way one would expect them to be considering her past life. Duhamel also skates by as the loner looking for the right person to help him raise his children after the death of his widow.

 

I’m certain that “Safe Haven” will generate a lot of money this holiday weekend because it’s Valentine’s Day, not because it’s an original tale about the love.



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