Charlie Countryman was a bizarre love story; a twisted romance. The film was written by Matt Drake, directed by Fredrik bond, and stars Shia LaBeouf and Rachel Evan Wood and Madds Mikkelsen. At 108 minutes, the movie is Rated R –for language, violence, nudity and drug use.
I am not sure I can write a review that will do this unique film justice. I am going to try. Charlie Countryman is an unexpected, action-packed, out-of-touch-with-reality tragedy. To a point.
When Charlie’s (LaBeouf) mother dies, he talks with her ghost. He needs direction, since it is far too late for answers. When he decides to head overseas, he meets a man on the airplane. The talk seems trivial at first, heartfelt by the time the other passenger falls asleep. Unbeknownst to Charlie, secrets are revealed.
Charlie meets and falls immediate in love with a young Gabi (Wood), a young and beautiful Romanian woman. Gabi cannot escape her past. Her ex-husband, Nigel (Mikkelsen) is a vicious psychopath, dangerous and extremely jealous. Despite threats to leave Gabi alone, Charlie is unable to walk away. He wants to know everything about Gabi. Charlie finds out everything about Gabi.
Gabi’s father has a tape. On it is incriminating evidence that would land Nigel in prison, forever. No one knows where the tape is. Nigel expects Gabi to help him locate and retrieve it.
Ecstasy laced drinks, expensive strip clubs, cellos, crazy driving, guns and brutal violence fill the frames of the film.
There is no turning your back on love. Even if your life depends on it. That is how Charlie sees his future –as short of a future as it may turn out to be.
Fantastic cinematography, a perfectly selected soundtrack, and correctly cast —Charlie Countryman is one of those films that has you holding your breath without realizing your lungs are catching fire. Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and James Buckley are perfect in their supporting roles, adding plenty of humor to an otherwise consistently dark and almost morbid movie.
How this movie isn’t more popular is beyond me. It was very well done and completely engrossing.
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