A young man experiences a vision from his late mother telling him to fly to Bucharest. He does so, only for the man in the seat next to him to die during the flight. He meets the dead man’s daughter and starts to fall in love with her, only to discover that she is already married to an older man who also happens to be a homicidal gangster. Why is romance never straightforward?
A trailer for commercial director Fredrik Bond’s feature film debut Charlie Countryman is now online, to help promote its limited US release next month, and it certainly looks like a difficult movie to pin down in terms of genre. Starring Shia LaBeouf (Transformers) and Evan Rachel Wood (Thirteen) as the star-crossed lovers; Charlie Countryman has undergone a change from its original title [Click HERE for that spoiler] to something that is presumably less telling, but unfortunately less interesting as well.
One of Charlie Countryman‘s strongest selling points is its cast, which includes Hannibal lead Mads Mikkelsen working a slightly more straightforward psychopath angle as Nigel, Gabi’s violent and possessive criminal husband. The Inbetweeners star James Buckley also seems to be reproducing a similar role to the one he’s best known for as Charlie’s party-loving friend Luke, and Rupert Grint (Harry Potter) continues to try and shed his child star stigma by playing a character who accidentally overdoses on Viagra.
There are still too few critic reviews for Charlie Countryman to try and get a decent consensus on it – especially since opinions of it so far vary wildly. After its screening at Sundance 2013, Empire praised it as “a great, sleazy crime caper… hellish and magical”; meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum, Twitch‘s Chase Whale said that it is “perhaps the worst film I’ve seen in a very, very long time.” If nothing else, Charlie Countryman does sound like an interesting and unconventional watch, even if the end result turns out to be an experiment gone wrong.
Charlie Countryman is out on VOD and limited theatrical release from November 15th, 2013.