Director Lasse Hallström (“Dear John”) doubles down on the Nicholas Sparks adaptation with “Safe Haven”, a film about a girl and a guy in a small town and the world that comes between them. Or some such. Anyways, if you’re a fan of Sparks, then you’ll probably be seeing this one. If not, then you probably won’t. It’s really that simple, kids. I’ve read one Sparks novel in my life, “The Horse Whisperer”, and liked it enough. The movie version was okay. Never read “Safe Haven”, but how bad could a movie featuring bikini shots of Julianne Hough possibly be?
An affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman’s struggle to love again, Safe Haven is based on the novel from Nicholas Sparks, the best-selling author behind the hit films The Notebook and Dear John. When a mysterious young woman arrives in a small North Carolina town, her reluctance to join the tight knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love in this deeply moving romantic thriller.
Also starring David Lyons, Cobie Smulders, Noah Lomax, Ric Reitz, Mike Pniewski, Mimi Kirkland, and Cullen Moss.
Finding safety February 8th, 2013.
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