October 9, 2013 - 10:19 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - The first trailer for romantic action drama "Charlie Countryman" has just arrived, starring Shia LaBeouf as the title character and Evan Rachel Wood as Gabi, his love interest. The two pair first met when her father died and he happened to be the guy who sat next to the dead man on the plane, AceShowbiz said.
Charlie was just an ordinary guy before he met Gabi. His normal life changes when he decides to pursue her, not knowing that a crime boss already laid claim on her and has no intention of letting her go. Determined to keep her safe, he follows her into the violent world of Romanian criminal underground.
Mads Mikkelsen plays the mob boss. The Fredrik Bond-directed pic is also supported by Rupert Grint and Melissa Leo. It was premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was later screened in competition at the 63rd Berlin Internationa l Film Festival. It is now due in U.S. theaters on November 8.
“Shia LaBeouf does everything he can to save The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, and that's quite a bit – looking every inch the movie star and acting it, too, he's really giving it his heart and soul.
The film's become an instant critical punchbag, as you'd expect from a mystical thriller-romance in which Melissa Leo's ghost packs her grieving son off to Bucharest, for no clear reason except, at a rough guess, Romania's film production tax breaks.
LaBeouf's soon seated next to another corpse on the flight over, and tries to comfort the deceased's cellist daughter (Evan Rachel Wood), falls head over heels for her, gets wasted with two British backpackers (Rupert Grint and James Buckley, winning points for sheer incongruousness) and runs away a lot from Wood's psychopathic hubby (Mads Mikkelsen, somewhere between intense and incomprehensible).
None of it's a good idea, but something about the frantic misguidedness of the project kept tempting to give in, and LaBeouf, so wary and impressive in Lawless, is getting pretty skilled at flinching from even his least credible scripts,” Tim Robey said in a review published at The Telegraph.