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The plot's gratuitously nonlinear structure only ends up confusing viewers of this island thriller.



Total Count: 61


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With federal agents on his heels, a corrupt Miami businessman tapes a million dollars to his midsection and flees to the exotic Cayman Islands, his unsuspecting daughter Pippa reluctantly in tow. But while her father is desperately laundering his dirty money with a British investment banker, who is skilled in washing ill-gotten gains, Pippa runs off to explore the island and its wild party scene with native Caymanian Fritz. This island bad-boy is a real charmer with a dark side that's liable to get Pippa and her father in serious trouble. He's also an ominous thread connecting a sinister drug lord to Shy and Andrea, two innocent lovers. Their forbidden passion ignites a violent chain reaction across the West Indies paradise and turns the tropical haven into a refuge that's anything but safe.


Bill Paxton
as Carl Ridley
Stephen Dillane
as Mr. Allen
Agnes Bruckner
as Pippa Ridley
Bobby Cannavale
as Agent Martinez
Razaaq Adoti
as Richie Rich
Jake Weber
as Off. Powell
Joy Bryant
as Sheila
Lee Ingleby
as Patrick
Robert Wisdom
as Mr. Sterling
Ky-Mani Marley
as John the Baptist
Terry Burke
as The Boatman
Brian Hamilton
as Tour Bus Driver
Peter O'Meara
as Officer Franklin
Troy Sanford
as Jr. Gangsta
Marcia Muttoo
as Andrea's Mom
Joel Francis
as Brother White
Clifton Bennett
as Jerk Chef
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Critic Reviews for Haven

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (23)

  • Bloom is the giant void at the center of the film, and his laughable histrionics pull Haven firmly into camp territory.

    Sep 23, 2006 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • The presence in the ensemble of Orlando Bloom, who also serves as a producer, could be an initial enticement, but his performance is one of the weakest in a mixed bag.

    Sep 23, 2006
  • An ineffective experiment about ugly things happening in a beautiful place.

    Sep 22, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ted Fry

    Seattle Times
    Top Critic
  • It's a muddled, disjointed and fairly undramatic film.

    Sep 22, 2006 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • A long-shelved, watchable but mediocre Mobius strip of a thriller.

    Sep 22, 2006 | Rating: 2/5
  • Flowers' 'style' suffers from attention deficit disorder, leaving just enough vital information for you to follow the convoluted plot. But just when one story gets rolling, he's off and chasing another.

    Sep 22, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Haven

  • Aug 04, 2008
    This really, really surprised me...as I'm not quite fond of Orlando Bloom. However, this film is not just about him...it's about so much more. It's strange how such a paradise can become...like such a prison. Review...TBC.
    Bannan i Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2008
    "Can love survive the fall of paradise?"
    Arash X Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2008
    Interesting - a little hard to get into, but worth it. A little too abrupt at the end though.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 11, 2007
    "<i>Do you know the thing about the Cayman Islands? You know about the tax thing. Years ago, 18th century, this place was just all bushes and fishermen. There was a storm: a convoy of ships was crashed on the reef, and the locals risked their lives to go out and help the passengers... one of whom turned out to be the son of King George III of England. And His Majesty was so pleased that his son's life had been spared, that he decreed the Cayman Islands had paid their dues to the crown and would never again have to pay taxes. Hundreds of years later, the locals took it upon themselves to open up that privilege to the rest of the fucking world. Made a fucking mint.</i>" <a href="http://s172.photobucket.com/albums/w25/EarthlyAlien/?action=view¤t=photo_02_hires.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w25/EarthlyAlien/photo_02_hires.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> One of two qualities <i>Haven</i> has is how appropriate its title is. It takes place in the Cayman Islands, paradise on Earth, with beautiful beaches, beautiful and friendly people, and of course, being the ideal place to stash cash, ill gotten or otherwise, free from taxation. In its seedier side, to paraphrase from another film, weed is the currency, openly passed around in nacho chip bags. This film ditches the idyllic moments, to peer beneath the veneer, of hell on Earth instead. I like films which have many characters, each with their own objectives, but being led by unseen forces as they relate to one another, and events bring them to within striking distance. They might belong to distinct story arcs, but given the geographical proximity, their lives, their decisions and the consequences all become intertwined. That often feels unconvincing, improbable when some films opt for a <i>Babel</i>-like "We're-all-connected" doctrine, linking characters who would never cross paths in normal life by mere chance and coincidence. In <i>Haven</i> it feels believable because it's how it happens in reality. People who live in islands (I was born in one myself) <i>are</i> connected, geographically speaking. The biggest of the Cayman Islands - Grand Cayman - has a population of less than 50,000 people - that's a village. There are three clear arcs in the film, but the characters involved flit seamlessly from one arc to the next. You have the corrupt businessmen (Bill Paxton) looking to escape the law at Miami, an affair, a daughter (Agnes Bruckner) who hooks up with drugs and the wrong company, a sly thief of sorts (Victor Rasuk), two star crossed lovers (Orlando Bloom and Zoe Saldana), a hot-headed brother (Anthony Mackie), good friends, and gangsters. On its own, they could be short stories. But when narrative style takes on the fragmented, non-linear approach to spice and disguise an ordinary story, that's what you get in Frank E. Flowers' <i>Haven</i>. Perhaps what will put bums in seats is the presence of Orlando Bloom, though the R rating would have restricted his girly groupie fans here from seeing their cinematic idol on screen in a role which is similar to what Tom Cruise did in <i>Vanilla Sky</i>, sort of. He plays the role of the Romeo in the star-crossed lovers arc, as Shy, son of a fisherman, still figuring out the meaning to his life, and having a lack of ambition which worries his girlfriend Andrea (Saldana). Parental disapproval gets into play, and the rest is a spiral downwards for both lovers and their relationship. Some say Bloom's role is intense, but there isn't enough room for his character to justify that. And sadly, that was just about the better story amongst the three. In reality, all three could have been extremely short, as the scenes, though intercut with each other and had some overlapping moments, don't really contribute much to the characters or stories. You could have cut off half the fat, and still the story would hold water. One saving grace would be the score and soundtrack though, accentuating the illusion of paradise. But this is not to say <i>Haven</i> is a really bad film, like every film critic made it out to be. It just had enough story elements to cruise along in auto-pilot, and in the process offer nothing ground-breaking stylistically, or earth shattering in having any twists and turns to the plot. Breaking up and juxtaposing a linear plot does not disguise the fact that it inherently needs a lot more vigour. I still think this Frank E. Flowers guy has talent though, his short <i>Swallow</i> is awesome.
    Pedro P Super Reviewer

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