Pictured: Fallon Goodson; Rupert Grint, Shia LaBeouf, Svenja Holtmann and Til Schweiger
The cast of the upcoming Fredrick Bond-directed comedy ‘The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman’ premiered at 63rd Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday. Shia LaBeouf, who’s screwing big budget Hollywood blockbuster for smaller films closer to his heart, stars alongside Rupert Grint, Evan Rachel Wood, Melissa Leo & Mads Mikkelsen. A film critic at The Independent kindly killed it:
Director Fredrik Bond has until now worked mainly on commercials and it shows. The hyper-stylised so-mo running sequences and delirious nights out wouldn’t look out of place in a music video. And the odd voice-over from John Hurt feels more like a John Lewis Christmas advert than it does a surreal crime caper.
You can see the sort of grown up fairy tale vibe Bond is going for, the kind of Slumdog Millionaire world where audiences are persuaded to suspend their disbelief about unlikely coincidences. But the problem here is that the tone jumps all over the place. [Read More…]
Here’s some plot action:
Charlie Countryman (LaBeouf) is just a normal guy until he meets and falls in love with Gabi (Wood), a Romanian girl after he sits next to her father on a plane that resulted in his death. But Gabi is married to Nigel (Mikkelsen), a violent and mentally unstable crime boss with a gang of thugs at his disposal. Armed with little more than his wit and naïve charm, Charlie endures one bruising beat down after another to woo Gabi and keep her out of harm’s way. Finally his exploits of blind valor create such a mess that he’s left with only one way out; to save the girl of his dreams – he has to die.[Source]
Here’s a clip of Evan Rachel Wood workin’ her on-screen mojo: