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Haven (2004)

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On Friday the 13th, different people meet on Grand Cayman - a US money launderer and his daughter, a lawyer, a young fisherman in love with a rich man's daughter, other high school students, a crime gang etc.

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Frank E. Flowers

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Razaaq Adoti ... Richie Rich
Orlando Bloom ... Shy
Agnes Bruckner ... Pippa Ridley
Joy Bryant ... Sheila
Bobby Cannavale ... Lieutenant
Stephen Dillane ... Mr. Allen
Lee Ingleby ... Patrick
Anthony Mackie ... Hammer
Bill Paxton ... Carl Ridley
Victor Rasuk ... Fritz
Zoe Saldana ... Andrea
Robert Wisdom ... Mr. Sterling
Sarah Carter ... Chanel
Santiago Cabrera ... Gene
Caroline Goodall ... Ms. Claire
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In Cayman Island, the daughter of a powerful man - Andrea - and the fisherman Shy are in a deep but secret love, hidden from Andrea's parents. When Andrea's father sails in a fish-trip, they have a night of love at Andrea's home; however they sleep and are surprised by the arrival of her family in the morning. Later, Andrea's brother Hammer throws acid on the face of Shy and spends four months in prison. In Miami, the dirty businessman Carl Ridley is chased by Federal agents and escapes with his teenage daughter Pippa to Cayman Island trying to reach his lawyer Mr. Allen. Pippa meets the small time thief Fritz sleeping in her room and he invites her to go a party. Before leaving the condo, Fritz sees Carl counting lots of money. Fritz owes money to the dangerous drug dealer Richie Rich and tells him about the fortune Carl has. Along a Friday 13th night, their lives entwine in a chain of tragic events. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Can love survive the fall of paradise?

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language, drug use, sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »
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'Orlando Bloom' and 'Zoe Saldahna' are co-stars of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. See more »

Quotes

Shy: And I'm serious about that bike... Dawg.
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References Ri¢hie Ri¢h (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

La Primavera
Written and Performed by Manu Chao
Courtesy of Virgin Records
Under License from EMI Film & Television Music
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A Nutshell Review: Haven
18 January 2007 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

It all boiled down to one Friday the 13th night.

Haven takes place in the Cayman Islands, paradise on Earth, with beautiful beaches, friendly people, and of course, being the ideal place to stash cash, ill gotten or otherwise, free from taxation. In its seedier side, to paraphrase from another movie, weed is the currency, openly passed around in nacho chip bags. This movie ditches the idyllic moments, to peer beneath the veneer, of hell on Earth instead.

I like movies which have many characters, each with their own objectives, but being led by unseen forces as they relate to one another, and events bring them to within striking distance. They might belong to distinct story arcs, but given the geographical proximity, their lives, their decisions and the consequences all become intertwined.

There are three clear arcs in the movie, but the characters involved flit seamlessly from one arc to the next. You have the corrupt businessmen looking to escape the law at Miami, an affair, a daughter who hooks up with drugs and the wrong company, a sly thief of sorts, two star crossed lovers, a hot headed brother, good friends, and gangsters. On its own, they could be short stories. But when narrative style takes on the fragmented, non linear approach to spice and disguise an ordinary story, that's what you get in Frank E. Flowers' Haven.

Perhaps what will put bums in seats is the presence of Orlando Bloom, though the M18 rating would have restricted his girly groupie fans here from seeing their cinematic idol on screen in a role which is similar to what Tom Cruise did in Vanilla Sky, sort of. He plays the role of the Romeo in the star-crossed lovers arc, as Shy, son of a fisherman, still figuring out the meaning to his life, and having a lack of ambition which worries his girlfriend Andrea (Zoe Saldana). Parental disapproval gets into play, and the rest is a spiral downwards for both lovers and their relationship. Some say Bloom's role is intense, but there isn't enough room for his character to justify that.

And sadly, that was just about the better story amongst the three. In reality, all three could have been extremely short, as the scenes, though intercut with each other and had some overlapping moments, don't really contribute much to the characters or stories. You could have cut off half the fat, and still the story would hold water. One saving grace would be the score and soundtrack though, accentuating the illusion of paradise.

But this is not to say Haven's a really bad movie. It just had enough story elements to cruise along in auto-pilot, and in the process offer nothing groundbreaking stylistically, or earth shattering in having any twists and turns to the plot. Breaking up and juxtaposing a linear plot does not disguise the fact that it inherently needs a lot more oomph.


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Release Date:

14 October 2006 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Haven - L'enfer au paradis See more »

Filming Locations:

Cayman Islands

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,356, 17 September 2006

Gross USA:

$142,483

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$197,312
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1.85 : 1
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