Blu-ray Movie Review: Safe Haven – it'll make you cry

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Safe Haven on Blu-ray and DVD

We watched Safe Haven (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment) earlier in the week and loved it. The movie stars Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough. It’s a love story with a twist of mystery and an unexpected ending. The film is based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. Safe Haven is available now on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD. It’ll make an excellent Mother’s Day gift for your wife or mom. BTW, feel free to enter my giveaway to win a Safe Haven Blu-ray movie and book. Continue reading for the full review.

The 411 for Safe Haven

The story A woman flees her home and ends up in a small town
Appropriateness for children There’s kissing, a bed scene (no nudity and not graphic), and an intense scene near the end of the movie. Otherwise, the film is OK for children.
Positives
  • It’s a love story with a dash of mystery
  • Great ending that will make you want to cry
  • It’s based on a Nicholas Sparks novel
Negative
  • Not as good as Message in a Bottle or The Notebook
Release date Available now on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD
Rating Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving threatening behavior, and for violence and sexuality
Runtime 115 minutes
Genre Romance, mystery, drama

You know it when you find it
The story starts off with Kate being chased by a detective. She manages to escape in a bus to Atlanta. During a stop, Kate decides to stay and hide in a small town. While there, she meets Alex and his two young children. Alex is drawn to Kate right away, but Kate keeps her distance. Over time, she eventually falls in love with Alex too. Then Kate’s past catches up with her and she has to flee again.

Girls' Night In viewing party guide

It’s a Nicholas Sparks story
The movie is based on a Nicholas Sparks novel so there’s love, sadness, and an expected ending. The story will appeal mainly to women, but I think some men will love the film too. BTW, feel free to download the Girls’ Night In viewing party guide (pdf). Safe Haven is the kind of film you will want to watch with your ladies friends. You might also want to have some tissue handy.

Good chemistry between Josh and Julianne
Josh Duhamel (Alex) does a fine job like usual, and Julianne Hough (Katie) has improved her acting skills since Footloose. I thought the two main characters had good chemistry together and were very believable. Safe Haven also featured Mimi Kirkland (Lexie), David Lyons (Tierney), Noah Lomax (Josh), Robin Mullins (Maddie), Giulia Pagano (Pushy Bus Woman), Juan Piedrahita (Jr. Detective Ramirez), Red West (Roger), Irene Ziegler (Mrs. Feldman), Jon Kohler (Bus Station Clerk), Tim Parati (Bus Station Worker), Jasper Grey (Bus Boy), Tora Hallstrom (Ivan’s Waitress), and Wendy Wilmot (Realtor). The film was directed by Lasse Hallström.

Safe Haven Special Features

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Igniting the Romance in Safe Haven (Blu-ray only)
  • Set Tour (Blu-ray only)
  • Josh Duhamel’s Lessons in Crabbing (Blu-ray only)

[Disclosure: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me a movie for review purposes. I am not liable for the prize. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]

7 thoughts on “Blu-ray Movie Review: Safe Haven – it'll make you cry

  1. I don’t watch many movies but I have heard and read so many great reviews on this one that I really am looking forward to seeing it.

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