Many believe that the Los Angeles, California-born actor Shia LaBeouf has flown off the deep end with his bizarre behavior at the Berlin Film Festival while promoting Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" that saw LaBeouf quoting a French soccer player at a press conference and wearing a paper bag over his head on the red carpet premiere. It's incredibly likely that his mental stability has completely crumbled under the pressure of being under the public eye at every turn or that encounter with plagiarism was a lot more severe than anyone could have ever imagined. Maybe LaBeouf's number was just the next beckoned in a constantly growing line of young actors losing their minds like Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan, and whatever Charlie Sheen is considered these days.
However there is this tiny sliver of hope that Shia LaBeouf isn't teetering on the brink of insanity. Joaquin Phoenix executed something similar when he quit acting in 2010 while promoting the Casey Affleck directed documentary "I'm Still Here." Phoenix would return in 2012 as an actor presumably stronger than ever since "The Master" and "Her" are two of the best films to be released in the past two years. It's becoming increasingly difficult to catch the modern era by surprise with how connected our generation is with technology and the internet. Crude, outlandish, and mean spirited behavior are the only things that really get people talking these days. CM Punk walked out on the WWE right when it's crucial for the company to start building towards Wrestlemania; the biggest wrestling event of the year. That alone has gotten Punk more publicity and more buzz than anything he's done on television in the past two years.
The truth of the matter is as far as Shia LaBeouf is concerned the outcome of what lies ahead for him could go either way, but it's certainly gotten everyone's attention and from this side of the table it certainly seems like it's doing its intended purpose of gaining interest in anything and everything LaBeouf does now. Underneath all of that peculiar, short-tempered lunacy is a hell of a lot of talent. Here's a short list of films portraying how skilled LaBeouf can actually be.
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Since "Holes" and "The Greatest Game Ever Played" are still slowly rotting away in this critic's Netflix queue, "Constantine" and "I, Robot" were what introduced LaBeouf as a a believable actor. Neither film is great, but they're fun popcorn flicks that are typically enjoyable if you can turn your brain off. LaBeouf's roles are so small in both films that it didn't really seem fair to give each film a spot on the list. LaBeouf is basically the foul-mouthed sidekick in each film and is enjoyable since it didn't seem like his obnoxiousness was shoved down our throats, which is a trait "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" is incapable of boasting about. Also, apparently hats were a very important factor in LaBeouf getting to where he is today.
This can more than likely be swapped for "Eagle Eye," the other D.J. Caruso directed film LaBeouf starred in, but the nod goes to "Disturbia" since the film is essentially a modern twist on Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window." This was the first film to feature LaBeouf in a leading role to be considered successful at the box office. It was one of the first films to really launch Shia LaBeouf's name into the mainstream. If it wasn't for "Disturbia," then we likely wouldn't have seen LaBeouf show up in "Transformers." The payday was probably sweet, but most wouldn't really see that as a loss since the "Transformers" live-action film franchise is considered a huge pile by anyone with taste anyway.
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Many view Fredrik Bond's film from 2013 as a jumbled concoction that had a lot of interesting elements, but they weren't combined properly and honestly those individuals wouldn't really be wrong. But LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, and Mads Mikkelsen deliver some fairly astounding performances that are good enough to overlook the film's shortcomings.
This is the best film LaBeouf has ever done, period. It may not be his best performance (even though it is quite good), but it's definitely the best all-around film. The cast alone is impressive with Guy Pearce as one of the most ruthless film villains in recent years. Every performance is strong, the writing is superb, and the action is even better. "Lawless" is a crime drama held in high regard for good reason.