Haven: true paradise can’t be found on earth


My friends at MVD Entertainment Group have served up an older, but classic mystery, thriller Haven (2004) about money, love and the pursuit of happiness.

Carl Ridley (Bill Paxton) is a corrupt Miami businessman, who takes his daughter Pippa (Agnes Bruckner), who doesn’t want to go, to the Cayman Islands to escape prosecution.

Arriving in the islands, Ridley is preoccupied. Banks are rapidly closing and he must find a clean place to store his stolen money.

The daughter finds native Caymanian Fritz (Victor Rasuk), in her bed sleeping off a hard night. Fritz jumps out the window, with little clothing and leaves his wallet. Pippa doesn’t tell her father, but goes looking for the young man to return his wallet.

Fritz wants to show her the island, including its wild parties. But he owes money to island gang leader Richie Ritch (Raz Adoti), and when he peeks in on Pippa's father unwrapping a massive amount of cash that he had taped around his torso — he gets an idea about how to pay his debt.

Elsewhere, on the island, Shy (Orlando Bloom), a Cayman native is in love with Andrea (Zoë Saldaña), the daughter of his boss, Mr. Sterling, a very influential person in the island. But for an unknown reason, Andrea's brother Hammer (Anthony Mackie) despises Shy. As we watch the film, we know the two stories will collide into each other.

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