My Rating: 3.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “A romantic, chaotic drama. A capturing jigsaw style movie-making. I loved it!”
Imagine you just got a fax that the Feds will be at your door in a matter of minutes. The government has remembered the taxes you forgot to pay and it’s time to take an extended vacation. No problem — you can pack light and still get by with a little extra weight strapped around your midsection – 28 lbs. to be exact — the weight of a cool million in hundred dollar bills. Such is the case with corrupt businessman Carl Ridley (Bill Paxton). He let his greed get the better of him, and now he’s on the run, his daughter Pippa (Agnes Bruckner) reluctantly in tow.
Just turned 18, Pippa is not happy to leave her friends and comfortable life in Miami, even if it’s for the exotic Cayman Islands, but Dad’s in kind of a rush, so there’s no time for questions. When they get to the islands, Ridley is preoccupied. Banks are rapidly closing and he’s got to find a clean place to store his dirty money. In fact, he doesn’t even notice that the bungalow he rented is already occupied — but his daughter sure does. She finds native Caymanian Fritz (Victor Rasuk) sleeping off a late night in her bed, and when she walks in on him, he flees out the window, leaving his wallet behind. Suddenly Pippa’s not so sorry about landing in paradise. She tracks down Fritz and discovers that the local bad boy is a real charmer who’s more than willing to show her the island, including its wild parties. But Fritz has a dark side, too. He owes money to island gang leader Ritchie Ritch (Raz Adoti), and when he spies Pippa’s dad handling a lot of cash, Fritz suddenly knows how to get Ritchie off his back. Unaware that she’s leading her father into even more trouble than he had in the United States, Pippa and her innocence are headed for a rude awakening.
Also about to have their innocence destroyed are young lovers Shy and Andrea (Orlando Bloom and Zoë Saldana), who finally consummate their passion, only to be discovered by Andrea’s brother, gang wannabe Hammer (Anthony Mackie). Acting on his father’s wishes, Hammer is bent on ending the relationship . . . no matter what it takes. Written and directed by native Caymanian Frank E. Flowers, and filmed entirely in the 100-square mile West Indies paradise, Haven is an edgy, suspenseful, viscerally gripping ensemble film in which unconnected lives intersect and ignite a violent chain of events that turns tranquility into chaos. In an instant, greed collides with innocence and passion goes up against those who forbid it, and all at once an idyllic tropical refuge becomes anything but safe.