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Safe Haven (I) (2013)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance, Thriller  |  14 February 2013 (USA)
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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.



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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 ... Written by Nicholas Sparks

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving threatening behavior, and for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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14 February 2013 (USA)  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,401,594 (USA) (15 February 2013)


$71,346,930 (USA) (24 May 2013)

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Lead star Josh invited some local Southport NC Staff from a restaurant to go sailing with him during filming. See more »


When Kevin Tierney drives away from the 4th of July Parade roadblock, the car has a front license plate as it begins to turn around. In the next shot of the front of the car there is no front license plate. See more »


Jo: And to think it all started with a bike.
Katie: I thought you said that was him being southern.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.201 (2013) See more »


Written by Ryan Anthony Massaro
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Good romance with suspense: 7,25
22 April 2013 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

I will not compare this movie with the novel on which it is based because I have not read it. "Safe haven" is not innovator at all, it is one more romantic drama with a quiet predictable ending, but at the same time, with some mystery and some twists that kept me amused and paying attention during its entire length. It is not as good as "The notebook", but it is better than "Dear John" and "The lucky one", in my opinion. Anyway, these four are very alike to each other and based on the respective novels written by the same author. Lasse Hallstrom proofs again he is an efficient director of dramas (I cannot say versatile, because he has not directed more genres ). He has been able to take advantage of the cast, which is not particularly great, but good enough. The photography is one of the best elements of the movie. It is mainly located in Northern Carolina (in a quiet coastal village) and I really liked the environment. The pace is fluid. It made me pay attention from the beginning. It does not obviously have the same pace that action movies should have. The plot contains just a few good unexpected twists and some flashbacks. The plot is easy to follow and adds no confusion, which is good. The acting is good enough. I am not a fan of any actor from this mo vie, but they all did a decent job and are believable in their respective roles. Josh Dushamel and Julianne Hough are the two leading ones, specially her, who is not famous at all. In conclusion, those who really like this sort of movies will surely enjoy this one even though it is not a top romantic drama. The intrigue and photography are added value. The cast is not great, but good enough. The film is well-paced, but it is not original at all. 7,25.

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