'Haven: Special Edition' [Blu-ray]
(Orlando Bloom, Zoe Saldana, Anthony Mackie, Bill Paxton, Bobby Cannavale, et al / Blu-ray / R / (2004) 2020 / MVD Visual)
Overview: On the idyllic shores of the Cayman Islands, Shy (Orlando Bloom, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) and Andrea (Zoe Saldana, Guardians of the Galaxy) share a secret her parents can never know - they are in love.
But a night of passion leads to their discovery and a devastating act of vengeance by Andrea's brother (Anthony Mackie, Captain America: Civil War).
Meanwhile, a shady American businessman (Bill Paxton, Aliens) has fled with his daughter to the Islands to avoid federal prosecution, only to be drawn into a dangerous web of deceit.
As lives intersect and truths are revealed, a chain reaction of violence is set in motion that will determine whether love can survive the fall of paradise.
Blu-ray Verdict: From the producers of 'Crash', this non-linear narrative style movie takes place in the Cayman Islands and boy, it makes for one really remarkable movie (for many reasons).
The cast does a great job, Bloom especially delivering one of his best performances so far, but there really is not a single weak act that stands out.
Indeed, writer/director Frank E. Flowers does a fantastic job of keeping the story coherent as we alternate between two timelines, set four months apart. The acting is strong and the entire film has a distinctive atmosphere.
The writing is tight and complex and the movie introduces a fair number of very different characters that we need to care about in order for it to work, but they do pull that angle off - and that is quite a considerable achievement in itself, as you yourself will discover.
As aforementioned, the story is told in a non-linear way, and in fact there is a phase of the movie during which you might wonder how this whole thing fits together.
But then the threads are pulled together nicely and artfully, with a lot of attention to detail so that a viewer will be delighted in their visual discoveries (although, sure, perhaps repeated viewings wouldn't be a bad idea either just to ensure you catch all the seams, so to speak).
Ergo, those things that fall into place are seen to have a meaning with respect to other parts of the narrative, and quickly the film becomes complete and whole.
Oh, and high praise to the photography/cinematography too as it is truly beautiful in those places where it should be, and gritty in others.
There, in my humble opinion, 'Haven' is a gritty, fierce yet picturesque portrayal of realism surrounding Cayman's underground subcultures.
From love to drugs to violence, Flowers and his team perform an astounding delivery of these themes through the use of raw, powerful drama, all the while winding around a multitude of heinous plots that grow and intertwine to the point of cataclysm.
In conclusion, the lesson learned here is that people, even good people, can be cruel. There's something for every one here for 'Haven' is a complete rollercoaster of emotions and a carnival of characters that I'm sure you'll enjoy. I know I did. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the main feature
Audio: English 5.1 Surround
English and Spanish Subtitles
Making of Featurette (SD, 3:26)
Original Theatrical Trailer (SD, 2:30)
'Haven: Special Edition' [Blu-ray] is out April 14th, 2020 via MVD Visual.