Safe Haven might be an unremarkable, sappy romance which spends a lot of time suspending belief but it’s effective and surprisingly moving by the end, thus does its job. It’s yet another Nicholas Sparks adaptation centering around Katie (Julianne Hough), seemingly on the run for an unknown crime, ending up in a new town where she falls in love with handsome windower Alex (Josh Duhamel). There’s reasonable chemistry between the two leads and I was a sucker for the tear jerking ending but it’s all too polished and pulpy to be much more than that. That said, the burning house and evil ex-lover all made for quite enjoyable, over-the-top ridiculousness.
Safe Haven is out now in the UK and US. Certificate 12A (UK). Running time 115 mins.
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Review by David Rank