A short review that is currently on the front page of this listing suggests astutely that a film about the love affair between Mads Mikkelsen's very charismatic bad boy and the cello-playing good-girl heroine would have been great fun to watch. Instead we have the tedium of Shia LaBeouf oh so implausibly bumbling around Bucharest and fumbling his way into the aforementioned girl's heart. Which speaks to the hopelessly lopsided nature of this movie, in which Mikkelsen is asked to play a heartthrob of a gangster who is explicitly called "the most beautiful man /she/ had ever seen" by the heroine, while poor Shia LaBeouf is stuck with playing a character who reminded me of a nerdy boy constantly mistaking a video game for reality. He should have stuck to his PlayStation. Despite his undoubted good looks, it is by no means the case that Mads Mikkelsen normally chooses to play sexy or romantic leads, but here, no two ways about it, he is intended to be drop dead glamorous, and although the script also indicates that he is a bad dude, we never SEE him being bad in any way that matters to us. So naturally any viewer still possessed of an ounce of sexuality, male or female, aches to see vastly more of him on the screen, because that's just the nature of movies. Instead, however, we have pitifully little of him while we're stuck with scene after scene of Shia stumbling, bumbling, or mumbling outworn romantic clichés. Which leaves us to wonder what on earth is wrong with this heroine. Does she want a green card that badly, is that her motivation? Because she is not provided with any other. I have nothing against LaBeouf as such. The only other time I've ever seen him was as the male ingénue in Lawless, a great film in which he was just fine, so when I read that he wanted to "change his image," I assumed that meant no more ingenues. And to be fair, his IMAGE here, in the literal sense of the word, is different; now he looks like a skinny character actor with hair sprouting in unfortunate places. But he is still definitely playing the ingénue, far too naive and downright dumb to be called a leading man -- indeed, far more naïve than the girl he is presuming to rescue. Most of the fault for all of this lopsidedness lies with the script, which is ocassionally funny but mostly just silly. But the rest of the fault is probably a pitfall of Indie films in general. How could a casting director say no to LaBeouf, who is a "name," after all? And HOW could the same director say no to Mads Mikkelsen, who is by now an internationally respected actor? Yet so skilled is Mikkelsen in the scene-stealing role assigned to him that it's impossible to imagine any actor but a very few, very handsome, very expensive movie stars holding their own against him, and that group would NOT include Shia LeBeouf. So while the movie has a few amusing moments and some very nice footage of Bucharest, a city most of us will never visit, I would still advise that it's not worth the time.