November 19, 2014

Home Is Where the Heart Is: Safe Haven (2013)



Have you ever been somewhere for the first time, but it felt so comfortable to you?  Perhaps it felt like a home you had never known before. For me, that place was Chicago. I had never been to Chicago before moving there for graduate school, but something just felt really right almost instantly when I got there. I was so comfortable, yet I didn't even know where the grocery store was. That didn't matter, because I was at home and on some deep level, I knew it. This is probably why I didn't really fret over anything. Either that or I was extremely naive.The same thing could be said about the main character, Katie, in the movie Safe Haven (2013). Although she had a more serious reason for leaving home, she too was able to find home in an unlikely place... a small town at a bus stop while en route to Atlanta.

In the movie, Safe Haven (2013), Katie Feldman/ErinTierney (Julianne Hough) flees her home in search of safety from her abusive husband, Kevin Tierney (David Lyons). While on the run, she quickly discovers the home she never thought she would be able to find with a widower, Alex Wheatley (Josh Duhamel) and his two children Lexie (Mimi Kirkland) and Josh (Noah Lomax) in the small coastal town of Southport, North Carolina. Before long, Katie hits it off with Alex's daughter Lexie and subsequently falls in love with Alex. But, before she could truly adopt Southport as her new home, she first is forced to confront old demons from her past, in the form of her husband.

From the first moment Katie/Erin stepped out off of the bus in the town of Southport, she could tell that the energy in the sleepy town was different; the kind of different Katie was looking for and could immediately get used to. Although she was on the run at the time, time just seemed to stand still for her for probably the first time in a long time.  Over time, she began to let down her guards, make friends and even fall in love. As we saw with Katie, when you follow your instincts, you'll never go astray from your happiness.

In the end, after her true identity was revealed to Alex, Katie was forced into a final confrontation with her husband, which resulted in his death. With her husband out of the picture for good, Katie no longer had the threat of him looming over her happy life in Southport with Alex and his two children; with whom she had grown quite fond of (and vice versa). She went with her instinct to stay in Southport, and it turned out to be the best thing for her.

Although I eventually moved away from Chicago, I did meet and fall in love with my own Alex (my husband), which only only endears me to Chicago to this day. The funny thing is, we don't know why or how something is going to be good for us, but if we follow our instincts as a guide with these things, we'll all be guided towards our own happy endings just like Katie. 



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