I’m no Nicholas Sparks hater or anything. I just dislike bad romances. The Notebook will forever remain one of my favorite romances, yet Safe Haven will forever remain one of the worst. This soul-less Nicholas Sparks adaptation plays out just like the bulk of them, with two unlikable characters forming a relationship out of troubled pasts.
What doesn’t work at all this time around is the star power, which is no match when looking at Sparks’ other leads: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams and even to some extent Channing Tatum.
Duhamel and Hough just don’t have that natural chemistry like the rest of his films usually do and that makes Safe Haven become a suffering disaster from the opening credits up until the film’s bat-shit insane “twist” ending.