Safe Haven, the love story based off of the book by Nicholas Sparks, premiered on Valentine’s Day. Erin Tierney (Julianne Hough) leaves her abusive, alcoholic husband and changes her appearance hoping to start fresh. She ends up in the small town of Southport, North Carolina and adopts the identity of Katie. She befriends a widower Alex (Josh Duhamel), his two children, and a neighbor named Jo. She moves into a small cabin in the woods where she hopes her husband won’t find her. But little does she know, her husband is using all his resources to find her. Her husband is a detective for the Boston Police Department, which gives him the ability to track her down. Meanwhile Alex and Katie fall in love with each other, until Alex finds out she’s not who she says she is. Once Alex knows the truth behind Katie’s past it only makes him more protective of her. Then on the Fourth of July, Katie’s drunk husband shows up in Southport, trying to set the place where Katie is on fire. She stops him but that’s when the unthinkable happens. There are so many horrible things happening at once, and you don’t know if everything will end happily. The ending is full of twists and turns that seem to come out of the blue, but everything falls perfectly into place.
I’m not exaggerating when I say Safe Haven is the best movie I have ever seen. It’s funny, sad, dangerous, and heartfelt all at the same time. I’ve been told this is one of the few movies that actually lives up to the book. Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough’s romance feels so real, and it’s like you know each and every character personally. The movie is full of surprises and the end is shocking. It’s perfect for couples, teens, and everyone in between. Many men may be reluctant to see it because it’s just another “chick flick”, but there’s definitely enough action and suspense to satisfy everyone. I promise you, the ticket is worth every penny.