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Plot: In a post-apocalyptic America, former U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer searches desperately for the whereabouts of his son, accompanied by his best friend and a survivor. Runtime: 90 mins Release Date: 01 Dec 2016
One of the Most Enjoyable Movie Experiences...Ever (by ChrisT08)
For me, this was all about the experience. I just saw this tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival with Shia LaBeouf and Kate Mara in the audience , in the lovely Roy Thomson Hall, and had absolutely no expectations going in. The premise sounded interesting a marine returns from the Afghanistan war to post-apocalyptic America in search of his wife and son , but in all honesty Shia was a bit of a red flag. The movie's I've seen him in have either been "meh" or not that good, and he usually gave mediocre performances in all of them. Plus, is he not crazy? Like, <more>
actually insane? Very sporadic dude to say the least.After seeing this, I can confidently say I've never had my expectations shattered so hard before. This absolutely blew me out of the water in every way. The directing was brilliant, the supporting cast was spot on, but the real stars are screenwriter Adam Simon for coming up with such a unique and passionate idea, and Shia himself. This dude broke out of the image I had for him and gave a performance of a lifetime. It would be an absolute shame if it's not recognized in some way or another whether that be awards or just general praise .Now before you go see this, let me tell you that it really does take a while to get going. You may have mixed feelings at the beginning, and even partway into the middle, but once the credits roll and you leave the theatre, the experience you had will be unlike any other.To conclude, I want to touch on experience again. Part of what made this so good for me was the experience TIFF, watching it with Shia himself but also the low expectations. In a way, a review takes away from the expectations. If you read this before watching Man Down, I only want you to take one thing away: it was good. That's it. Ignore all the praise I've just given it. It was good.It was good.
Damn this one blew me out of the water! Here I thought I was going to watch some post apocalyptic film, and yeah I do like those sorts, but this film just left me breathless. I know the subject at hand is politically a very touchy subject, but no matter what side of the fence you sit at look at the damage that is still done to the best part of our generation, young men and women!Sadly war is and has been part of humanity's own downfall, but seeing the numbers regarding the forgotten heroes at the end brought tears to this stone cold hearted tough as nails old mans eyes.I don't know <more>
what else to say but to watch this film, one of the better on the subject for years.10 out of 10 for me, and yeah I don't even care for the main lead actor, but man did he nail this role on the head.Bring back our soldiers and look after those that needs us.
Shia/amazing/Kate Mara/solid/Shia's son in movie - phenomenal (by bobby-derringer)
Couldn't figure out what was going on at first -- and knew nothing about it going in. it was a puzzle, but not in a frustrating way. Turns our there are three intersecting time lines... past, present and future ...don't want to spoil it but suffice it to say, this is a film that has to be experienced. Like his character says in the film: "You don't discuss it." BTW --there were a fair number of Shia-haters at the screening that just wanted to trash him. But how could they? This is Shia at his best -- the best I've seen him anyway. And I loved FURY. Story/theme is <more>
basically...the war is coming home. Shia's a Marine. Jai Courtney plays his best friend. Jai is good, but the boy that plays Shia's son steals the show. Really like Kate Mara in this as well. I have not seen other Dito Montiel movies but he has apparently worked with Shia before. Anyway, a film that makes you think Memento/Inception . Will be interesting to see how an American audience will respond. I was fortunate enough to see it in Venice at the festival. Subtitles were distracting but audience seemed to track with it. Some loved it. Some hated it. I loved it. 10 out of 10!
Probably one of the most under-rated films I've seen. (by TheTopDawgCritic)
Wow the critics went hard on this film and I don't know why.It's probably one of the most under-rated films I've seen, and I'm glad I did, as it was excellent.I'm not a huge Shia LaBeouf fan but his performance in this was outstanding! I hope he wins some type of award for his amazing acting.It was a little slow in the beginning but the back and forth between time lines was interesting enough and kept getting more interesting to keep me hooked in. Although I'm not a fan of back and forth time lines I actually hate too much of it , this was done very well, and it was <more>
necessary to keep the viewer guessing and in suspense of what happens next.The film did very well in getting a strong point across about vets and PTSD. It's too bad the critics couldn't see the glory in this film - directing, acting, cinematography, score, etc... all top notch!A well deserved 9/10 and a must see film!
Shia Labeouf's acting in this movie is absolutely top notch. The story is interesting and it has a good supporting cast, soundtrack and cinematography. I believe it is was of the most underrated and unnoticed movies on IMDb. I give it 9 out of 10 and as of now, less than 1000 people have even bothered to rate this movie on this site.
LaBeouf is Brutal, Heart-Breaking, Oscar Worthy in Man Down (by mark-durfor)
Man Down is the story of U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer Shia LaBeouf who fought for his country in Afghanistan only to return home to an America very different than the one he left, a post-apocalyptic hell that is no better than the war zone he just left. Accompanied by his best friend, Drummer goes on the hunt for his missing wife Natalie Kate Mara and their son.Man Down marks the return to the mainstream big screen movies for LaBeouf who has been somewhat absent since his last appearance in Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 2011. He's done a few independent films and had some <more>
questioning his sanity at times. I've always been a fan of his comedy style in the Transformers movies, but hearing about him playing a post-war vet in a serious drama had me concerned. And then I saw the preview.The preview shows a Marine raid on a house in Afghanistan. Drummer gives the "all clear" meaning there is no threat in the house. As the other Marines in his unit including his best friend walk in, a gun protrudes from a blanket on the floor and shots ring out at the unsuspecting Marines. Drummer survived. The preview shows Dummer talking to military counselor Peyton Gary Oldman .Not only does LaBeouf pull off this dramatic role, but he is quite convincing and has been hailed by Variety who said, "Labeouf achieves that authentic, hurts-to-watch approach seldom seen since the days of Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift." I gave Man Down a preemptive 3.5 star rating, thinking it would be a gut-wrenching, raw, real and intense film that is well worth the money in theatres. It was all that and more. Through much of the movie, we are watching Gabriel Drummer in four different phases: with his wife and child before the Marines; the mission in Afghanistan, his session with counselor Peyton after "the incident", and finally back in the United States that has been destroyed as he desperately searches for his wife and child with his best friend. All of this leads up to a shocking series of revelations that completely destroys Drummer's world . . . and his reality.Much of Man Down reminded me of Bradley Cooper in American Sniper, but LaBeouf goes even further and darker. American Sniper was nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for Cooper. Though I don't foresee Man Down being nominated for Best Picture, it would be a crime if LaBeouf isn't recognized for this role in this tragic, gripping, heart-breaking film that earned a solid 4 stars from me. I'll definitely be watching this again and it has a good chance of making it into my home collection. It's a movie that anyone who has served in our military will find extremely difficult to watch, but one that the rest of us need to see.www.marksmoviemind.blogspot.com
I didn't understand why I saw many fan reviews stating they were bored or lost or found it uncompelling. Some stated they couldn't tell what was what. It was all very well laid out to me. I had no trouble following the story and my instincts were rewarded in the end. I'm not a 'fan' of LeBeouf but I knew he would bring a deep well of emotions to the role. He didn't fail. He's reached a new level and I'm glad to see it. The story was concise, demanded you paid attention as there were clues laid out and overall, given the subject matter, done about as well as one <more>
could do to get the viewer 'in' the story right away. I highly recommend this film.
I didn't know much about this film before I watched it. But WOW, My only question, how come the rating isn't higher? Absolutely beautiful film. The movie is about war and love and there are many film about that, but the way they did "man down" I've never seen before. Lots of symbolisms, and back and forth between timelines. I was really moved by it. I encourage people to watch it, the film deserves a higher rating.
Understandable why some disliked Man Down (by rod-ruger)
An excellent movie, though certainly not uplifting. Reviewers and others who hated it probably did so because the movie is not "pretty", contains no car chases, no nudity, no digitally enhanced B.S., and no sappy, contrived, over-the-top drama. To paraphrase part of the movie, it's all real". Worst of all for many who would prefer to live without acknowledging facts, it reminds us that America does not support its troops; America discards its troops. As the end credits declare, there are hundreds of thousands of discarded, homeless vets. Many with PTSD roam untreated, <more>
likewise discarded. We likely do not report those men/women as injured. The next time you feel all rah-rah about the U.S. sending troops into battle for reasons unclear, think of this show. Excellent acting, dialogue sometimes tough to understand. Those of you who want to "fight for America", know that those who sent you to war will not fight for you.