Nicholas Sparks strikes again!
“Safe Haven” is a predictable, formulaic, romance by the numbers.
“The Lucky One” is the latest film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel. The man who’s brought us “A Walk to Remember”, “The Notebook”, and “Dear John” (among others) has inspired yet another big screen bodice ripper.
In it, Zac Efron is Marine serving in Iraq who finds a photo lying in some rubble moments before an explosion would have taken his life. Had he not moved to examine the photo on the ground, he would have been blown to bits. After the incident, he searches for the owner of the photo amongst his squad, but no one claims it. In the process of searching for who it belongs to however, he finds himself constantly carrying it… and the recipient of good luck and safe-keeping as a result. He begins to believe that the photo and the woman in it have been protecting him, and vows to find her once his service is over.
Of course, what he finds instead is the kind of romance that romance movie fan’s dreams are made of.