Safe Haven (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Lasse Hallström|
|Produced by||Marty Bowen
|Screenplay by||Gage Lansky
|Based on||Safe Haven
by Nicholas Sparks
|Music by||Deborah Lurie|
|Editing by||Andrew Mondshein|
Temple Hill Entertainment
|Distributed by||Relativity Media|
|Running time||115 minutes|
Safe Haven is a 2013 American romance film starring Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel and Cobie Smulders. It was released theatrically in North America on February 14, 2013. The film was directed by Lasse Hallström, and is an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks's novel of the same name. The film was originally set for a February 8 release, but was moved to February 14, 2013.
Katie (Julianne Hough) flees to the small town of Southport, North Carolina, to escape a dark secret that lies in her past. She befriends her neighbor, Jo (Cobie Smulders) and meets handsome, Alex Wheatley (Josh Duhamel), the manager of a local convenience store, and his children, Lexie and Josh. Alex's wife had died of cancer a few years prior.
Katie and Alex begin a romantic relationship. Lexie immediately accepts Katie, while Josh is initially resistant, believing Katie to be his mother's replacement, but eventually accepts her as well. Meanwhile, Kevin, a rather husky Boston police officer, searches for Katie using his authority as a police officer, and forges reports that she is a wanted murderer. Upon seeing her picture in the police station, Alex confronts Katie and promises to protect her no matter what. Katie decides to stay in Southport and Alex helps prepare the town for the upcoming Fourth of July celebration. Later, Katie reveals to Alex that Kevin was actually her husband, before she stabbed him with a kitchen knife in order to protect herself from his drunken assault on her. Kevin breaks into Katie's mother's home and finds the phone number to the local restaurant that employs Katie. He finds the location and makes his way towards Southport, noticeably drunk. Arriving just on time for the Fourth of July parade, Kevin begins his search for Katie through the crowd, belligerent. Later, while the fireworks are going on, Katie has a dream that she is standing on the docks watching the fireworks when Jo comes up and tells Katie that "he" is here.
Katie wakes up in the convenience store next to a fast asleep Lexie. While she is walking around in the store, Kevin makes his appearance and confronts Katie, drunk and sobbing and asking her to talk. He asks her to return back home with him, but she refuses and tells him to leave. He pulls out a revolver and cries in deep thought. Katie asks Lexie to stay up in the second floor of the store, scared that she might see Kevin and become frightened. Meanwhile, Kevin is pouring gasoline all over the store, with the intent to burn it down. He sits down on the steps with a lighter, still in thought while Katie fakes sympathy for him and agrees to return home with him, only to push him into the water by surprise. A firework spark lands on the gasoline and quickly catches fire spreading all over the store.
Alex, busy shooting off fireworks, sees the burning store and quickly makes his way across the lake by boat. He manages to make his way up to the second floor and rescue Lexie from the burning building. Meanwhile, Katie is wrestling with a soaked Kevin who now has the revolver and is attempting to kill Katie with it, still crying. After a long struggle, she pulls the trigger while the gun is pointed at Kevin and kills him. Soon after, Alex finds Katie and they all embrace.
In the aftermath of the flames, Alex riffles through the desk belonging to his ex-wife where multiple letters were prepared ahead of time for memorable events such as Josh's eighteenth birthday and his graduation. Alex makes his way over to his to his children and they talk irrelevantly. Katie finds a letter with the words "For Her" on the envelope. The letter talks about how thankful she is for whomever is now reading the letter and thanks the reader for making Alex feel young and in love again. The movie ends by revealing that Jo was actually Alex's deceased wife, who had "left" town, moments before.
- Julianne Hough as Katie
- Josh Duhamel as Alex Wheatley
- Cobie Smulders as Jo
- David Lyons as Kevin Tierney
- Mimi Kirkland as Lexie Wheatley
- Noah Lomax as Josh Wheatley
- Irene Ziegler as Mrs. Feldman
- Robin Mullins as Maddie
- Red West as Roger
- Juan Carlos Piedrahita as Detective Ramirez
- Cullen Moss as Deputy Bass
- Mike Pniewski as Lt. Robinson
- Ric Reitz as Police Chief Mulligan
Elmo as Elmo
Safe Haven has received largely negative reviews from critics, as it currently holds a 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 129 reviews with the consensus: "Schmaltzy, predictable, and melodramatic, Safe Haven also suffers from a ludicrous plot twist towards the end, making for a particularly ignominious Nicholas Sparks adaptation."
Home media 
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