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Taking a jog with Shia LaBeouf

Ads director Fredrick Bond makes his feature debut with this scattergun love story that sends Shia LaBeouf’s title character to Romania, where he swoons over Evan Rachel Wood’s troubled waif.

Bond’s background weighs heavily: over-stylised and over-scored, it features so many scenes of LaBeouf sprinting around Bucharest, you’d think it was a Nike ad.

Rupert Grint and James Buckley offer light relief as pill-popping hostel-dwellers (Grint, on Viagra, looks either pleased to see us or has a wand in his pocket).

But mostly, this is empty, ugly and pretentious.

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