Safe Haven was released back in 2013 but still is a topic of discussion among a variety of fans. The main genre of this story was romance as well as drama, but it was blended perfectly with fantasy and thriller too. The film stars actress Julianne Hough as well as Josh Duhamel, along with Cobie Smulders in the lead role. Also, you guys should know that actor Red West has never performed on any project after this movie. The film was released back on the 14th of February in 2013 in entire North America. Lasse Hallstrom has directed the movie. The main inspiration for the plot came from the 2010 novel of the same name, which was penned down by author Nicholas Sparks.
The story starts with Erin, who is pretty terrified who getting out of her house in Boston. She was actually found with the possession of a bloody knife. Erin then takes shelter for the night at the neighbor’s home and then goes to the bus station to get out of the city. She changes her whole identity and stops in a small atown called Southport in North Carolina. Here, she introduces herself as Katie at the general store. She starts a new life here and gets a job as a waitress, and even rents a small house on the edge of the town.
Katie then became friends with her neighbor named Jo. She makes other friends as well, and one of them, Alex, gives her a bicycle so that she does not have to walk such long distances on her own. Initially, she does not want to owe anything to anyone and reacts negatively to the kind gesture. Soon enough, Alex and Katie come into a relationship, and she eventually becomes a mother figure to his kids. On the other hand, back in her town, a police officer prepares posters for a woman named Erin, describing how she is wanted for first-degree murder. Alex sees this poster and confronts her about it. They have a huge fight, and she even explains how she was young and married a man who only hurt her. Well, they break up, and she moves out.
Safe Haven – Plot
As Katie is about to leave the town, Alex stops her and tells her he loves her and practically begs her not to leave. Katie reluctantly reciprocates his love but still is cautious. She later explains how Erin had to escape in order to flee her abusive and alcoholic cop husband. As it turns out, the coo who issued those posters is Erin’s husband and is very much alive and breathing. His name is Kevin, and he gets suspended for issuing false posters. A flashback shows the fans that Katie attacked Kevin in an attempt to kill him when he was abusing her in a drunken rage. He somehow finds Katie in North Carolina and sees her kissing Alex, which enrages him.
Kevin appears later that night at a convenience store, telling Katie that she should come with her. When she refuses, Kevin pulls out a gun and tries to burn the whole place down. She tries to sympathize with Kevin and says she will return with him. As soon as he lets his guard down, she throws him off to the ground and rescues Alex’s daughter. Soon, when Kevin is killed, and Alex is assured that Katie is a good person and was never lying to him, they all return to be one big happy family. Jo tells Katie that she will be leaving North Carolina soon, but later, it is revealed that Jo is actually the ghost of Carly, Alex’s late wife, who was secretly watching over all of them.
Safe Haven – Where Was the Movie Filmed?
As suggested in the movie Safe Haven itself, the story is mainly set in Southport, located in North Carolina. It is here that the film is actually shot as well. Another city where we saw the scenes of the film were in Wilmington. The production of the movie all started in the summer of 2012.