Seriously, Charlie Countryman could have been 10 times greater if Matt Drake, the scenarist, didn’t try to mix up every genres; fantastic, thriller, romance, comedy; my head hurts.
Fredrik Bond, the director, is the second to blame fo being this pretentious thinking his camera could have been able to vomit a unicorn after swallowing all those genres. And most of all, he is to blame for thinking Shia LaBeouf and a Romanian/ginger Evan Rachel Wood could make a good couple; blasphemy.
Well, the story; to understand where Bond got alienated by his creativity. Charlie, played by LaBeouf, just lost his mom (Melissa Leo), who appeared as a ghost to guide him for the last time, she told him to go to Bucarest (for no reason). He took the plane, sat next to a weird guy who died, and again, appeared as a ghost and told Charlie to bring a hat he bought from Chicago to his daughter and tell him a sentence in Romanian.
Chapter 2; Charlie meets Gabi, played by Evan Rachel Wood, with an awful accent. And from now on, nonsense actions will happened one after another.
Charlie falls in love; obviously, but falls also into a Romanian mafia, where every one wants to kill him. Nigel (Madd Mikkelsen) Gabi’s ex-husband who is still deeply in love with her, and the head of a strip-club, Drako (Til Schweiger), and that’s not the only the only character of Harry Potter you will find:
Anyway, road trip turning into a manhunt, where you will see Shia LaBeouf running a lot for many reasons by fear or happiness.
The movie wants to be a sort of modern/fantastic love story with The XX playing during a sex scene, but it isn’t a success really.
The only good point I could give is for the color palette, and thus for the really beautiful photography.
I have nothing much to say, a shame that Madd Mikkelsen’s only presence or Shia LaBeouf’s performance weren’t enough to save Charlie Countryman, really a shame.
Still worst couple ever.