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Recently my husband and I had the pleasure of viewing, Safe Haven, at the AMC Theatre in Vestal, New York. The movie is based on the book with the same name, by Nicholas Sparks. The screen play is written by; Leslie Bohem and Dana Stevens.
As the movie starts we meet the lead female, Julianne Hough, running from the law. They are looking for a young woman with long, dark hair. As with anyone trying not to be seen she has changed her appearance. We see her hop on a bus, barely making her escape. We ask ourselves, “What has she done?”
The bus makes a stop in the nice, quiet seaside town of Southport, North Carolina. Our female chooses to stay and doesn’t get back on the bus like all of the other riders. She introduces herself as Katie, but her name is really Erin.
She works as a waitress and fixes up the cottage and gets to know her neighbors. She befriends and starts dating the owner of the “general store”. By the end she becomes a very important part of the lives of many of the town people.
Eventually the law catches up with her and we find out that she is fleeing from her abusive, alcoholic husband who is a police officer. He is on his own, since he has been asked to hand in his badge and gun because of his misconduct. This doesn’t stop him from using his connections to locate his wife and try to get her back, even if that means beating her into submission. She is saved by her new friend, Alex played by Josh Duhamel.
At the end there is a bit of a plot twist but I won’t spoil it for you. My husband and I enjoyed the movie but it wasn’t all that surprising. We thought we’d enjoy it because we enjoyed The Notebook, which was also written by Sparks. We both preferred The Notebook over Safe Haven. But we did enjoy it. If we hadn’t had a gift certificate we probably wouldn’t have paid to see it.