When Shia LaBeouf said he was done with big budget Hollywood crowd pleasers like Transformers, he wasn’t lying. Now wanting to be an actor well established in the indie and more challenging cinema genre, LaBeouf already bagged himself a lead role in Lars Von Triers Nymphomaniac. However, and I make no excuse for missing this before, his new film Charlie Countryman has just released the first trailer, and boy is it good!
The film marks the feature length directorial debut of Fredrik Bond, and the trailer features all sorts of sex, violence and insanity that on the strength of this, looks excellent. However, the film debuted at Sundance earlier this year and was met with some fairly negative reviews, with some likening the film to a long music video. Since those reviews, Bond has re-edited the film to make it better, and having not seen the first cut, I reckon this looks very good indeed.
The film not only boasts extreme violence, passionate love and bizarre and drug fuelled visuals, but also a killer cast including Mads Mikkelsen, Evan Rachel Wood, Rupert Grint and LaBeouf himself.
Charlie Countryman is directed by Fredrik Bond and written by Matt Drake. The cast includes Shia LaBeouf, Mads Mikkelsen, Evan Rachel Wood, Rupert Grint, Melissa Leo, Vincent D’Onofrio, John Hurt and Til Schweiger.
When his late mother appears in a vision and tells him to go to Bucharest, Charlie immediately boards a plane across the Atlantic. But when he meets a fellow passenger, Charlie finds himself with another promise to fulfill. Charlie does so – and falls head over heels in love with Gabi, a beautiful musician.
However, a vicious gangster has already laid claim to Gabi, and has no intention of letting her go. Determined to protect her, Charlie enters into the hallucinatory, Romanian underworld filled with violence and, strangely enough, love.