Haven (Movie - 2006) The terminally muddled crime drama Haven is set in the Cayman Islands, a Caribbean outpost as famous for its tax-free, no-questions-asked banking attractions as for… Haven (Movie - 2006) The terminally muddled crime drama Haven is set in the Cayman Islands, a Caribbean outpost as famous for its tax-free, no-questions-asked banking attractions as for… 2006-09-15 R PT98M Drama Mystery and Thriller Orlando Bloom Zoe Saldana Bill Paxton Yari Film Group
Movie Review

Haven (2006)

MPAA Rating: R
PARADISE LOST A solid cast, including Bloom and Saldaña, gets swept away by Haven 's confused island crime story
PARADISE LOST A solid cast, including Bloom and Saldaña, gets swept away by Haven's confused island crime story
EW's GRADE
D+

Details Limited Release: Sep 15, 2006; Rated: R; Length: 98 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Orlando Bloom and Zoe Saldana; Distributor: Yari Film Group

The terminally muddled crime drama Haven is set in the Cayman Islands, a Caribbean outpost as famous for its tax-free, no-questions-asked banking attractions as for its tropical beauty. That's where a shady Miami businessman (Bill Paxton) flees the feds, dragging along his restless 18-year-old daughter (Agnes Bruckner), who falls in with a scamming local kid (Victor Rasuk), while elsewhere on the island a different sort of poor local (Orlando Bloom, yes, his dreamy, low-energy self, cast as another cutie of lowly birth) is conducting a secret romance with the comely daughter (Zoë Saldaña) of a powerful, rich man (Robert Wisdom), the Romeo and Juliet-ness of which is uncovered by her family's hotheaded weakling son (Anthony Mackie), who throws acid in the cute poor boy's face. Then the screen goes black, followed by those traditional words of cinematic defeat, ''four months later.''

I haven't even found room in the previous run-on sentence to mention Stephen Dillane as a nefarious financial adviser, Bobby Cannavale as a federal agent, or Jake Weber as a cop, three more of the bemused name-brand cast. Perhaps they were all lured to the project (written and directed by Frank E. Flowers, who grew up in the Caymans) by the offer of an exotic vacation — no questions asked about character motivation, story coherence, or whether the mania for movies composed of seemingly unrelated, interlocking stories peaked even back in 2004, when Haven was made. I can answer the last: No. Wait for Babel.

Originally posted Sep 13, 2006 Published in issue #898 Sep 22, 2006 Order article reprints