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Charlie Countryman [Blu-ray]

Shia LaBeouf , Evan Rachel Wood , Fredrick Bond  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Rupert Grint, Mads Mikkelsen, Vincent D Onofrio
  • Directors: Fredrick Bond
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: January 21, 2014
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GM5HJZG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,304 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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There's a lesson to be learned from Charlie Countryman. A geography lesson, to be exact: if someone recommends a visit to Bucharest, you might want to make sure they don't mean Budapest instead, for while the latter is one of Europe's most attractive and desirable destinations, the former is, well, not--at least not for this film's titular hero. Still, that's precisely where Charlie (Shia LaBeouf, hilariously described by one reviewer as a "scruffy emo-puppy") goes after his recently departed mother (Melissa Leo) appears in a vision and suggests the trip for no apparent reason. When the kindly Romanian gentleman seated next to him expires on the flight (just one of the film's many credibility-defying moments), Charlie takes it upon himself to seek out the man's daughter, Gabi (Evan Rachel Wood, sporting a decent eastern European accent), a cellist for the local opera company. Faster than you can say "Te iubesc" ("I love you"), Charlie falls for the taciturn young woman, which in turn attracts the unwanted attention of her ex, Nigel (Mads Mikkelsen). This is not a fellow you want to mess with, and when Charlie stumbles on evidence of a brutal crime carried out by Nigel and Darko (Til Schweiger), one of his shady underworld associates, mere jealousy turns to murderous rage, and Charlie spends the rest of the movie running for his life. That this American innocent abroad is willing, even eager, to risk everything for someone he's known for all of two days is, like much of the movie, patently absurd. But having shot a good many TV commercials, director Fredrik Bond knows his way around an action sequence, and his film has a sleek, dreamlike quality and an attitude that's at once ominous and mildly amusing (Harry Potter's Rupert Grint offers comic relief as one of the fellow tourists Charlie meets at his youth hostel). Though it's no one's idea of a classic, Charlie Countryman will surely hold your attention for a couple of hours. --Sam Graham

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When his late mother appears in a vision and tells him to go to Bucharest, Charlie Countryman immediately boards a plane across the Atlantic. A chance encounter with an ailing passenger leads Charlie to Gabi, a Romanian beauty, changing the course of his entire trip. As he falls head-over-heels in love with Gabi, he realizes that her dark past is riddled with dangerous baggage: namely her gangster ex-husband who has no intention of letting Gabi go. Determined to protect her, Charlie enters into a hallucinatory underworld filled with violence and, strangely enough, love.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BAD NEWS FOR BUCHAREST TOURISM February 26, 2014
Format:DVD
I've never been a fan of Shia LaBeouf. I've never hated him either. For me he's just been there on the fringes of good movies, never a name I would associate with mega-stardom. I'm beginning to think that this may be the case for him the rest of his career. He's begun to try and make himself out to be edgy with his choices in roles and his antics in the public eye. This being a review you might wonder why I mention it. I do so because all of those things combine to take away from what might be a good actor trying to do good work. If he would just bypass all the hullabaloo that goes with being an actor and stick to performing he could become a star.

CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN features LaBeouf as the title character, a young man whose mother has just died and who seems to have no idea what to do with his life. But Charlie also has a unique gift that he doesn't tell anyone about. Much like the child in THE SIXTH SENSE, Charlie can see dead people moments after they perish. In the hospital he sees his mother talking to him in the hallway and telling him he should take time to travel and see Bucharest. Sensing that this is his fate, Charlie follows her suggestion.

On the plane to Bucharest Charlie is seated next to Victor, a Bucharest native returning from seeing his much loved Chicago Cubs play baseball. They strike up a conversation and immediate friendship with Victor showing Charlie the gift he has for his daughter. Both doze off and Charlie wakes to find Victor deceased and lying on his shoulder. Then he begins a last conversation with the now dead Victor who gives him a message to pass along to his daughter.

At the airport Charlie is questioned by the police and then released.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars theme March 8, 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
It might have proved a more interesting film focusing on the (evil) charismatic Mads Mikkelsen and the why of Evan Rachel Wood's fascination with him. Shia, although a good actor, couldn't make me believe that attraction of the two of them. Just sayin ......
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fear and Loathing in Bucharest November 26, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Critics tore this film limb from limb almost without exception, but I found it to be an engaging and neat experience despite or, in certain cases, because of its imperfections. The film opens with the inglorious hospital-bed death of the mother of the title character, played by Shia LaBeouf in a further bid to move away from his prior child-star status. Moments later, the ghost of the mother (or a manifestation of his imagination) tells him he should travel to Romania, and he does. Why not? This grim absurdity sets the tone for a film which sways with mad abandon from the comic to the magical to the tragic to the good old-fashioned violent. On the plane, the charming older gentleman seated next to him dies mid-flight, which leads Charlie to his beautiful and fragile daughter (Evan Rachel Wood), with whom he falls in love, a bond complicated by her prior union with a jealous and volatile gangster (Mads Mikkelsen).

Designed as Fear and Loathing in Bucharest for Generation Y, the film is honestly a bit daft: it is beholden to its flights of fantasy and its Wonderland indebted version of logic, and it finds its way to its actual "storyline," involving two criminals' pursuit of an incriminating videotape, over an hour in. Yet the performances are persuasive: LaBeouf, anxious and earnest and exploding with both grief and romantic longing, is an engaging anchor, while Evan Rachel Wood exudes the type of melancholic elegance and potent sexuality required to convince the audience men could go to war for her hand. And the scene stealing Mikkelsen is as magnetic and menacing as ever; in his most fiery moments here, he is truly frightening and unpredictable in a way screen antagonists too rarely are.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to dead people.
A man is hanging from a rope tied to his ankle. He is dangling and being lowered into dirty rushing water below. His face is beaten. Someone points a gun at him and shoots. Read more
Published 20 days ago by James McDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Action packed
Pretty good movie. I would recommend to a friend. Its sort of an action drama movie with a little comedy.
Published 22 days ago by iphone4
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird movie
This was a weird movie. Watched it alone. Good story just a little diff. then expected. word word word word.
Published 1 month ago by Ryan Renshaw
3.0 out of 5 stars Heading for a Fall
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... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert Amsel
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it!!!!!
This movie was pretty damn good. I enjoyed watching it very much so. Ha ha ha.
Shia Labeouf was excellent. He played his character awesomely. Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Guy
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Here is what happens... falls in love, fights a lot, wins girl and you probably already knew that.... predictable and slow, plus you see his flacid penis..
Published 1 month ago by Tyler Foley
2.0 out of 5 stars waste of time.
Nothing special. Don't know what the buzz is about. Everyday love story of 2 stupid people. Total Waste of time.
Published 1 month ago by Naz Ibraheem
3.0 out of 5 stars "If you can find me tomorrow, I will kiss you"
Charlie, a guy with relationship problems, is told by his dying mother to move to Bucharest. She does not explain why: That's something he has to discover for himself. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Doug Park
4.0 out of 5 stars Talent and Experience
Putting personal propaganda stuff aside... This young man is an accomplished veteran actor. He has been successful in his career longer than most 27, 37, perhaps 47 year old... Read more
Published 2 months ago by T. Bray L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Impressed!
I'm not sure how he does it. But I think this actor Shia LaBouf can make any movie (this one had some violence though) light with unexpected laughter. Read more
Published 2 months ago by tia griffin
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