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  • Summary: 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. (Yari Film Group Releasing) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 11 out of 19
  1. 75
    Those expecting an exhilarating, "Pulp Fiction"-style wrap-up will also be disappointed. Instead, Flowers gives us the impression - as the end of "Traffic" did - that we've just taken a few turns on a merry-go-round of doom that is going to keep spinning long after the movie ends.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    60
    Haven is far from perfect, with some uncomfortable pacing, wayward accents and less-than-satisfying denouements. But it's a refreshing, character-driven antidote to the late-summer movie-house blahs, and Flowers looks like a talent worth watching.
  3. 50
    Silly little thriller.
  4. 38
    There's less than meets the eye to writer-director Flowers' time-hopping narrative, and what could have been a routine but entertaining crime story gets hopelessly muddled in its telling, despite the efforts of a generally strong cast.
  5. 38
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    30
    As a director, newcomer Frank E. Flowers shows a flair for visuals and characters, but as a writer, he needs work. The Tarantinoesque nonlinear structure he employs would be risky even in Quentin's hands, and is downright self-sabotaging here.
  7. Reviewed by: Toddy Burton
    20
    Lacking purpose or thoughtful complexity, Flowers' film is an overly ambitious mess.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. M.E
    Sep 21, 2006
    10
    I loved it. It was different from the simplitic neat predictable plots. It was was far from perfect but perfect is boring. I loved to the ending. I love movies that highlight the everyday drama of life. Expand
  2. MattW.
    Dec 27, 2006
    9
    No idea why this movie is getting such harsh reviews. I couldn't find much to complain about. I thought it was really well done in terms of acting, writing, filming and editing. I really enjoyed it and reccomend that you ignore the critics on this one and check it out. Expand
  3. M.Y.
    Sep 20, 2006
    8
    I loved Haven. Lots of dramatic tension that requires the viewer to pay attention and not just sit back and watch. Fast paced, tragic and leaves you with a sense of loss. Go see it you won't regret it! Expand
  4. Aug 28, 2014
    7
    There is Orlando, of course. A different movie from him, and still, once he got on screen he made me smile fondly. As if I was seeing an old friend.

    The plot is a tricky thing to hang on. First it seems messy, then it sorts itself out again - until you realize you have seen just a bit from the middle, and things are repeated again, this time giving you the full view into things. A second watch might help on this, I am sure. And it is nice to see how these little stories wind together and back up each other.

    The drama and plot are good, though, so the movie isn't waste of time in any case. See it once, and if you don't like, don't bother again.
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  5. DaveV.
    Sep 16, 2006
    2
    A new low for Orlando Bloom. Bad writing and stupid subplots lead this movie into the pits. Could have been much, much better despite it every-once-in a while joke attitude. 20% still means F folks, don't waste your time tying to enjoy this garbage like I did. Expand
  6. CorenD.
    Sep 27, 2006
    0
    Absolutely dreadful.

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