FILM REVIEW: “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman”


Shia LeBeouf stars in this Indie Film written by Matt Drake and directed by Fredrik Bond. I had my reservations. I liked Shia at first, spastic little person that he is, but he began to wear thin my patience roundabout Transformers 2. To be fair, that could very likely be due to being typecast in Hollywood. Perhaps his career being torpedoed will turn out to be a good thing for him in the long run. Primarily, that is why I chose to check out this film. My intrigue was piqued.

I shan’t spoil the events of the movie, but I will give some plot details. The script begins with the death of Charlie’s mother. As a result of this Charlie goes on a trip to Bucharest. Along the way he meets a person who ends up giving him a task to accomplish when he arrives. The “how” of these events, as in the method used to move the plot forward, worked for me at first, but they turned out to be my only complaint, seeing as they were unresolved by the end of the film.


Evan Rachel Wood as “Gabi”

The movie has an outstanding cast. Mads Mikkelsen is a fantastic villain as Nigel, as is Til Schweiger as Darko. Both of them are perfectly believable stone-cold killers. Evan Rachel Wood plays Gabi well, although I wasn’t crazy about her accent. Aside from that, she was really enjoyable; and for the dudes out there, pretty decent sex scenes. LeBeouf had it easy being the only American after the first 10 minutes; no accent to work on. For those of you wondering what Rupert Grint has been up since the Harry Potter films, he makes several great appearances here as a traveller Countryman meets in Romania. Let’s just say that Professor McGonagall would not approve.

All in all, this movie is pretty full of feels. I found it to be well written, entertaining and with just the right amount of levity to break up the dramatic points. I have to admit that I love a good love story and this is just that. I felt a certain connection to Charlie Countryman, a man that feels as if they are merely floating through life and decides to stand up for something, for someone. I think that most guys would agree that they’ve had a fantasy about saving a beautiful young woman from a totally screwed up situation and earning her love. This film is a good date movie, or simply as just a night away from the monotony of typical Netflix on your own. And if you hate Shia Lebeouf for any reason you can watch him get the ever-loving shit beaten out of him on at least three occasions by his love interest’s husband. Give this one a chance.


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Rob Zimmerman

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