Writer/director Frank E. Flowers' feature debut is an intricate but clumsy thriller with an accomplished sense of place. Flowers, a Cayman Island native, explores the small country's tony and seedy niches with a deftness that makes the island itself a vivid character.

Haven's multifaceted stories (Bill Paxton as a crooked businessman on the run with his daughter, Orlando Bloom in a star-crossed romance) are connected only in the most elliptical fashion, and the nonlinear editing only maintains your interest so long before its frustrating collapse--at approximately the third shift in the narrative.

For a film with so many promising beginnings, Haven would do better to find a place to rest.

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