Last night I had a fabulous date night with my husband at the screening of the movie Safe Haven. I usually look at what a movie is about before I go see it and this time I didn’t. I just knew Josh Duhamel was in it and that was clincher enough for me. A friend of mine said she was interested in seeing it because of the best selling author Nicholas Sparks. The movie started with quite an intense opening, I was so surprised, I actually expected to be watching a light hearted Valentine’s Day chick flick. WOW, it was so much more with a great plot, ups and downs and yes a little love story. My husband even said, “it wasn’t presented in the usual love story box, it had action and suspense”. So if a guy tries to tell you he doesn’t want to see a chick flick on Valentine’s Day tell him Safe Haven is not a chick flick.
In SAFE HAVEN, a young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her. The young woman called herself Katie (Julianne Hough) is running from her past and finds a very very quiet spot to stop. She tries to keep her head down but a young man with two adorable children is interested in her. Katie makes a great friend Jo (Cobie Smulders) who helps her to trust Alex (Josh Duhamel). It’s a movie that amazing and unexpectedly touched all my emotions. I was nervous in the beginning, hopeful for a bright future, excited with a young love blooming, and jumped out of my seat with fright. I was even brought to tears with an endearing family moment. Children in movies bring about emotion in my like nothing else, they always have but as a mother now it’s even worse. I loved the magic of this movie. I don’t want to give too much of the movie away but there is so much to love about the relationship between Jo, Alex and Katie!
I have to say that the acting was amazing because I really felt for all the characters, well except for the bad cop. He made me very very angry. I only noticed three bad words in the movie and they all happened all in a row by the same character. Safe Haven was an unexpected adventure wrapped up in this movie. My favorite part was SPOILER: When Alex told Katie he loved her and it didn’t matter who she was or what her past was, he loved her and wanted her to stay. My second favorite part was when he fell through the floorboard of her house. It’s moments like those, the embarrassing ones that are so true to life and actually very romantic. My husband’s favorite part of the movie was when the little girl jumped from the burning house and her father caught her. My husband said it’s a moment he hopes he would live up to as a father. He said he liked it and agreed that it’s more than a chick flick. So take your Valentine to see the amazing movie Safe Haven in theaters February 14th. This picture is from my favorite scene!
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More About Safe Haven
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.
Starring Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough, David Lyons, Cobie Smulders
We were provided with press passes to an early screening.