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
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
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
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.
© 2006 Yari
BrainCell Movie Meter = 43.25
||This movie is genius! A true SmartCine Classic!
||This movie is smart .
||This movie is above average.
||This movie might be worth watching.
||Watch it on DVD, but do not except to be enlighten.
||Watch it on DVD, but you
might drop a couple of IQ points.
||Watching this movie might
cause permanent brain damage.
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