I received the film Safe Haven from 20th Century Fox in order to produce this post.

Safe Haven MovieThe film, which was released in theaters to mixed reviews back in February 2013, is based on a best-selling book by Nicholas Sparks. It stars Josh Duhamel (singer Fergie’s husband and dad-to-be) and Julianne Hough (of Dancing with the Stars fame). Neither are very stellar in this creepy love story which is very reminiscent of Julia Roberts’ film, “[amazon_link id=”B00009WVSL” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Sleeping with the Enemy[/amazon_link].”

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family. But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo’s empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.

Still, if you’re a [amazon_link id=”B00BN3EE1O” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Nicholas Sparks[/amazon_link] fan you’ll likely find much of the movie entertaining though predictable. Though it’s based on his book, the screenwriter and director took some liberties with the story. The film takes place in a community that feels a bit like the town of Stepford – too perfect, too sugary sweet.

The rating for this film is PG-13 and because of the stalkerish behavior, violence, and sexuality, I’d say it earned it.

The special features included are an alternate ending, deleted scenes, and a featurette, Igniting the Romance in Safe Haven where the principals (director, stars, and producer) discuss the movie and characters. Plus Josh Duhamel’s Lessons in Crabbing – a 3 minute look at the actor’s attempts to crab and a set tour by Sparks which features Duhamel and Hough. It’s a quick trip around the real town which is portrayed in the movie.

[amazon_link id=”B00BN3EE1O” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Safe Haven[/amazon_link] Details

  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013