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Safe Haven Review (2013) – Leaving the Past Behind is Not Always Easy


Category: Romance/Drama
Actors: Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, David Lyons, Cobie Smulders, Noah Lomax, Mimi Kirkland
Duration: 112 min
Rated: PG-13

You might like this movie if you enjoyed:
Sleeping with the Enemy (1991), P.S.: I love you (2007), The Lucky One (2012)

The Story: Leaving a tragic incident behind her, a woman (Julianne Hough) flees from her hometown to get a fresh start in the small North Carolina town of Southport. Trying to keep a low profile and live as remote as possible is not that easy with mostly friendly people around, so she qickly finds a girlfriend (Cobie Smulders) and starts to spend time with a widower (Josh Duhamel) and his two children (Noah Lomax and Mimi Kirkland).
But soon she realizes that she can’t hide from her past.

Review: Safe Haven is based on a book from Nicholas Sparks, so for fans of his book adaptations it is definitely a must- see. Julianna Hough and Josh Duhamel bring a beauty and spark on the screen that goes straight to the heart. Noah Lomax and Mimi Kirkland, who play Alex’s children are adorable, especially Mimi. And David Lyons as the investigating detective, A+. The cinematography – like in most Nicholas Sparks movies – is amazing. I would live in this town in a heartbeat, or at least own a vacation house there. The story keeps you interested and gives you a few twists and an ending you wouldn’t expect.
Now, like with every movie which is based on a book, I am sure there are many people who have read the book and aren’t pleased with the result. I have read parts of it and have to admit that some characters have more depth and the story is more intense, but I am sure that’s with almost every book adaptation. And given the fact that Nicholas Sparks was the producer, I am sure it was right this way. One thing that bothered me a little was the climax which ended too fast. If you love romantic movies you’ll love Safe Haven.

Rating: 7/10

If you are looking for a movie that is exactly like the book, the rating might be: 5/10


  1. I just saw the movie and have no plans of reading the book, the movie is good enough for me. Reading the book might just disappoint me! A really great love story!!! Must watch.

    • Haha, it’s funny because most people would think the other way around, the movie is always disappointing after reading the book, so I thought I watch the movie and then read book, I might like both equally then. 🙂 It is a great movie, I agree. Thanks for stopping by!

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