Charlie Countryman (2013)
Critic Consensus: Shia LaBeouf clearly relishes his role in Charlie Countryman, but his efforts can't salvage the movie's shallow script and overstuffed direction.
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Critic Reviews for Charlie Countryman
LaBeouf, who throws himself whole-heartedly into every role regardless of its worth, is a fearless and fascinating actor, and his sincerity holds the entire sleazy mess together.
Ah, Bucharest. That exotic, Eastern European hotbed of romance, intrigue and hefty film-production tax breaks.
However you cut it, with all that talent, Charlie Countryman feels like a sad, wasted opportunity.
It's a thoroughly queasy pastiche of magic-realism/coming-of-age/romantic-thriller/bloody-Chiclets nonsense (and when I say "nonsense" I am substituting a much stronger word).
This catastrophe of a movie zigzags drunkenly between action-adventure and surreal comedy with some magical realism slopped over it like ketchup.
Audience Reviews for Charlie Countryman
It may not be the most well made, but 'Charlie Countryman' is easily one of the coolest cinematic experiences I've had this year. LaBeouf alone makes the movie worth watching, but the kinetic direction from newcomer Fredrik Bond is welcome. Mads Mikkelsen is never a sore sight to see either, and his presence definitely heightens the film. The magical realism aspect blends well with the backdrop of the seedy underbelly of Bucharest. It may not be an entirely great story, but it is fantastically told. 'Charlie Countryman' is a breath of fresh air, a film for film's sake, during that time of the year where we are exposed to film for academy's sake.
The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. Great Film! What you are about to see is a crazy love story involuntarily intertwined with the criminal world. It's not about being a hero and conquering the love of your life when you are lost, it's just about following the emotions which bring you to life. The musical score will take you by the hand a lot, and it can be very good. You will feel the sense of loss as strongly as the leads in their own time. I liked the way, Shia played his character and I thought Evan Rachel Wood was great too. Of course the movie does have quite a few flaws too, but it is engaging and if you let yourself into it, you will be entertained. I'd recommend this movie to anyone who thinks of himself as a romantic person, and I'd definitely recommend it to all ladies. While traveling abroad, a guy falls for a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in her violent, charismatic ex.
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