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Charlie Countryman [Blu-ray] [Import]

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  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Millennium
  • Release Date: Jan. 21 2014

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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  54 reviews
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars... A beautiful mess, shot on location in Bucharest Nov. 16 2013
By Paul Allaer - Published on Amazon.com
"Charlie Countryman" (2013 release; 108 min.) brings the odd but somewhat charming story of Charlie Countryman (played by Shia LaBeouf). As the movie opens, Charlie is at his mom's death bed in the hospital. In a dream (hallucination?) shortly after she passes away, he asks her what he should to next, and she tells him "Go to Bucharest". Don't ask why (no explanation is given), but Charlie decides to take his mom's advice.On the flight over there he befriends Victor, who promptly dies in his sleep. Charlie arrives in Bucharest and gets to know Victor's daughter Gabi (played by Evan Rachel Wood), and falls for her. Unfortunately for Charlie, Gabi is married to Nigel (played by Mads Mikkelsen), a crazy loose canon with ties to the mob. Meanwhile Charlie finds a place to stay at the Marco Polo youth hostel in Bucharest and befriends his two British room mates who have a liking for acid (yes, the drug). Can Charlie keep Gabi out of harm's way (from Nigel)? Will Gabi fall for Charlie? What becomes of the two room mates?To tell you more would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first, it seems that LaBeouf is trying hard to stay away from more Transformer-like predictable roles. Last year there was the excellent "Lawless", and now this. On top of that, LaBeouf looks scrungy for most of the movie, I suppose to give his role an even more authentic feel. (Along the same lines, LaBeouf reportedly took acid for real to shoot the acid hallucination scene.) Unfortunately, none of that fixes the movie's subpar script, which has holes in it the size of Manhattan and doesn't seem to know whether it wants to be a rom-com or an action/adventure movie. Second, Mads Mikkelsen is absolutely delightful as the crazed husband/crime guy. Third, I hardly recognized Evan Rachel Wood as the Romanian girl. She plays up the Eastern European accent on top of that. Last but certainly not least, except for the opening scenes (which take place in Chicago), the entire movie is shot on location in Bucharest. I've never seen the city look more beautiful than in this movie.

Imagine my surprise when this movie opened on a single screen for all of Greater Cincinnati here this weekend, without any pre-release fanfare or advertising. I was in the mood for something different and took a chance on this so I went to see it last night. I got a quasi-private showing, as in: there was only one other person besides myself in the entire theatre. When that happens on a Friday evening of its opening weekend, you know a movie is commercially D.O.A. But despite its obvious flaws, I quite enjoyed this beautiful mess. If you are in the mood for something different than your standard Hollywood fare like Last Vegas or Bad Grandpa, "Charlie Countryman" is worth taking a chance on, be it in the theatre or on DVD/Blu-ray.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hopelessly Lopsided April 19 2014
By M Marsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Shia got me back to him Sept. 2 2014
By Russell S - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Til Schweiger, Rupert Grint and James Buckley. Truly excellent performances from all these very fine actors. Before I talk about Shia LABeouf, here is the low down on the movie. Charlie (Shia) loses his mom, she in a vision tells him to go to Bucharest, he does meets Gabi (Evan) and all kinds of bad things happen, really bad things and Charlie falls in love with Gabi so he doesn't care how messed up he gets by the ex-boyfriend (Mads) or a nightclub owner who needs something she has (Til, he is always so good). Now for Shia....I have become disenchanted with him lately, due to whatever meltdowns he has been having. This performance put him back on my radar...what an amazing job, insightful, moving, daring and just all around great! I felt what he was feeling, and my heart broke for him all thru this movie. BTW, he got himself into amazing shape too. lean and so defined.
5.0 out of 5 stars Shia LaBeou; a promising, young Actor with future intrigue in his performances Sept. 14 2014
By ROSE ATHENA - Published on Amazon.com
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Shia LaBeouf is endearing and a fascinating athletic actor to watch. The story line is clever and original with a little essence of Kurt Vonnegat time bending thrown in by way of speaking thru the veil of the great beyond. I'd have watched it twice if the Amazon stream wouldn't have stopped. Amazon, please consider giving customers at least 24 hrs for their movie purchase. Other than that, it's a great offer from Amazon/ It's a convenient & cozy way to watch movies in bed from your laptop! Shia, is a sincere and authentic actor, was also very good in Lawless (2012) and The Company You Keep (2012). I enjoy many aspects of film; one of which is watching an actors body of work and seeing their development as they evolve in their craft. I recommend Shia LaBeouf as one young actor to keep your eye on.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heading for a Fall March 8 2014
By Robert Amsel - Published on Amazon.com
This starts as an original, promising movie of a young American, Charlie (Shia LaBeouf) who travels to Bucharest following his mother's death and becomes involved with a beautiful cellist (Evan Rachel Wood), who has unsavory underworld connections. It's fresh and unpredictable until about two-thirds of the way into the film when Charlie finds evidence of a major crime and proceeds to act in such a monumentally stupid way that viewers may find themselves hurling objects at the screen. The "heavy" in this movie is played with gusto by Mads Mikkelsen.

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