‘Safe Haven’ Asks Audiences to Believe in Love

Safe Haven Movie Trailer

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching fellas. If you decide to go to the movies, I assume your lady friend(s) wont want to see A Good Day to Die Hard. But if you’d like to spend the holiday in a dark room with your clothes on surrounded by a bunch of strangers, you can take her to see the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, Safe Haven. Watch the trailer after the jump.

Besides 1997 and 2012, like clockwork, Nicholas Sparks has been cranking out romance novels every year since 1996. Surprisingly enough, only three of the eight film (Message in a Bottle; Dear John; Safe Have) based on his books have released during the Valentine’s Day season.

Safe Haven Josh Duhamel with Kids

Each of Sparks’ stories seem to be tailored around similar messages. Never growing the genre or providing something new to tell, Sparks appears to find joy in the misery of others. (He’s a pretty sick individual if you ask me.) Safe Haven also doesn’t look appear to bring anything new, but apparently there is some secret twist that is creating positive buzz. See the trailer for yourself and let me know if you figure it out:

Other than the mystery of why Julianne Hough’s character, Katie, is running from the law, the trailer does a fine job at hiding whatever it is this #SafeHavenSecret is. Unfortunately the trailer is also very paint by numbers and lays out the basic groundwork, giving the viewer not much to look forward too and leaning all of its weight on Katie’s back story.

Safe Haven Trailer Julianne Hough

It’s a gimmick, but at least it feels inviting enough to give Safe Haven a shot, right? I will still be holding back with low expectations, it did appear on my most unwanted movies of 2013 list. If the trailer wasn’t obvious enough, read the plot synopsis via Apple Trailers here:

When a mysterious young woman arrives in a small North Carolina town, her reluctance to join the tight knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love in this deeply moving romantic thriller.

So what do you say guys? Will this movie warm your heart? Baby Goose, Ryan Gosling isn’t starring in it, so there’s one less threat you’ll have to worry about. It also doesn’t feel like it will replace The Notebook either; which happens to be Sparks’ first book. (Click on the thumbnails below to enlarge the images.)

Along with Julianne Hough, Safe Haven stars Josh Duhamel, David Lyons and Cobie Smulders. The movie debuts in theaters February 14, 2013.

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