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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
TBC
Cast
Shia LaBeouf
Mads Mikkelsen
Rupert Grint.
Directors
Fredrik Bond.
Screenwriters
Matt Drake.
Running Time
108 minutes

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The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman
The demise of Shia LaBeouf


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Plot
Mourning his mum, Charlie (LaBeouf) heads to Bucharest planning to drown his sorrows in a deluge of drugs, booze and throwaway sex. But when he falls in with Evan Rachel Wood's recently orphaned cellist and then runs foul of Mads Mikkelsen's gangster, his trip takes a turn for the unpredictable.


Review
The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman

If you can get past Shia LaBeouf as a gap-year slacker taking a trip to Bucharest after his mother’s death, Fredrik Bond’s techno-fuelled comic thriller is an effective enough placeholder until the real ‘next True Romance’ comes along. The whimsy can be a little overwhelming — Rupert Grint as a would-be porn star, Mads Mikkelsen as a drug lord called Nigel — but there’s energy in the chase scenes and a vulnerability we don’t see enough of in the much-maligned LaBeouf, who falls for a gangster’s moll (Evan Rachel Wood) and starts the story hanging upside-down with a gun pointed at his heart.


Verdict
A caper thriller that's sufficiently zippy to hold the attention. LaBeouf's current notoriety adds extra piquancy to those urban fight scenes.


Reviewed by Damon Wise

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