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Haven
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12.26.2006 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Frank E. Flowers

Actors:
Bill Paxton
Orlando Bloom
Agnes Bruckner

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
From the makers of Crash comes another ensemble story, this time set on the beautiful Cayman Islands. How do a pair of shady businessmen, local gangbangers, a ďprincessĒ with an affinity for pot, and a Romeo and Juliet-esque romance collide? Pretty heavily.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Donít be confused by the selling line. Only one producer from Crash is involved, so donít expect a Paul Haggis-quality ensemble piece. Itís just a deceptive way of selling the movie to an audience. One of the most important things for a film to accomplish is its connecting with the viewer. This film wasnít close to accomplishing that, and left me feeling isolated from the stories.

Haven is a pretty disjointed movie, and never seems to know where itís headed. Iím one to be intrigued by interconnecting stories (and love many: 21 Grams, Magnolia, Nashville), but Frank E. Flowers (in his directorial debut) has no sense of direction that more talented directors do. He overuses the handheld camera and creates a nauseating feeling, which could very well have been intended. But one of the most frustrating elements was the jump-cut. Itís not used as a storytelling method, but rather a simply over-stylistic choice. Godard would be so disappointed if he were to watch ďhisĒ invention used with such disobedience.

The highlight of the film for me was indie-favorite Agnes Brucker, who has a great turn as Bill Paxtonís troubled daughter, Pippa. Orlando Bloom and Bill Paxton are pretty flat as usual, but their stories are fun to watch unfold.

Not a bad movie per-se, and Iíd imagine pretty good if you can find the heart to care about these characters.
THE EXTRAS
Not much in the way of features.

Making of... (3:27): This isn't really a 'Making of...', but rather a few cast members discussing the plot with only a BTS shots.

And 3 Trailers.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I wasn't really into Haven as much as I could've been, and the disc is even more disappointing. The film keeps itself at a slight distance, making it a tough watch for anyone looking to put care into the characters. The overall direction from newcomer Flowers is sloppy, and the performances are hit-or-miss. What a waste of shooting on-location.
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