Here’s the first trailer for Safe Haven, the big-screen adaptation for another Nicholas Sparks novel of loss and love and loss and love (because that’s the formula. Two people who have lost or are lost find love then something tears them apart then they get back together by the final fade-out.
Not saying there’s anything wrong with that. It is what it is and it sells a books by the truckload.) It is no more, and no less than what I expected it to be, filled with every romantic cliché in Nicholas Sparks’ toolkit. The leads are attractive (Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough) though and it appears they have chemistry. And that is pretty all one needs to worry about when dealing with material like this. That and the director. In this case it’s Lasse Hallstrom so there is reason for hope.
The synopsis was written by Sparks:
When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family. But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.
We just told you about Safe Haven earlier in the week when we got the first images. (I should have known a trailer was coming. How much you want to bet the first poster lands tomorrow?) Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, whose last film was the utterly charming Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Safe Haven also stars Cobie Smulders and the adorable Noah Lomax (soon to be seen in Playing for Keeps with Gerard Butler), opens February 8 in the US, just ahead of that all important Valentine’s Day.