Man Down (2015) - SHOWTIMES


Man Down (2015) - SHOWTIMES (2016)


Man Down

IMDB - Score
6.3/10
(724)
Release Date:
02.12.2016
Genre:
Thriller
Length:
92 Minute
Director
Cast:
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Synopsis

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.





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Bobby Phelps ( 2017-03-11 )

One of the Most Enjoyable Movie Experiences...Ever
 

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, 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.



Darryl Roy ( 2017-03-05 )

Best film of 2016
 

This is the best film of the year hands down. The script is clever, the acting is marvelous, the topic is poignant, the editing is perfect, and the photography and music are well done. Pay no attention to the advertisements for the film. They are accurate to a point, like saying "Rocky" is about a fighter or "The Wild Bunch" is a western. In truth, the film is about family and what it takes to create, support, and nurture a family. Special mention must be made of Shia LeBeouf's performance. Personally I'm not a fan, but his acting in this film is top quality, and he gets excellent support from Jai Courtney and Kate Mara. Gary Oldman is in the film briefly, but his scenes are vital. Tony Kittles does a great job as the training Sergeant. Do yourself a favor and see this film.



Dwayne Horton ( 2017-01-25 )

Cleaver and Confusing, it's a combination that makes its message loud and clear.
 

Shia Lebeaf was excellent in this film. He plays a soldier who was dealt the worse hand of worse hands and tries to deal with it. From the title, I figure I was going to see a movie about the troops, but once the movie starts, you are confused at exactly what the film is about. But then it hits you. The realization of what is actually going on. I'm indifferent about weather it was actually done well with the filmmaker not using a straight forward narrative and bouncing all over the place like he's Tarantino or something. However, it did work so well to get me into the head of this Marine, and when it hits you, you got to take a step back to absorb what's going on. It's like they are trying to visually show us what happens when a serviceman has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and exactly what runs around in his head. Man Down opens, confusing you than gives you a lot to take in with no way of processing, but then they give you that way and I'm just hoping it did give me some insight into the type of depression a Marine can go through, but great effort, regardless. http://cinemagardens.com



Julio Strickland ( 2017-03-23 )

'Man Down' Is Brilliant But Definitely Not Your Father's War Story
 

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Lynn Turner ( 2017-04-09 )

Jaw dropping performances coupled with relevant subject matter creates an overwhelmingly emotional experience.
 

50 million Elvis fans can be wrong. They are in fact wrong. And so are the movie critics who have weighed in on Dito Montiel's Man Down. The film uniquely provides viewers a glimpse—albeit uncomfortable and painful—into the mind of one who suffers from the mental illness that plagues so many of our veterans. ..



Lindsay Buchanan ( 2017-04-07 )

Daring and Ingenious
 

I saw that this film was playing at my local theater on the discount 5 dollar day and watched the trailer. I was pretty impressed and already a huge Shia LaBeouf fan. I wondered why the reviews were just 'mediocre,' so I decided to give it a shot. The first half was quite thought provoking. The pacing was slow in the beginning, HOWEVER, It was quite clear to me that it was a specific choice and I really appreciated that. It made me wonder what was going on inside the character's heads. I've never been so moved by a film and I watch between 200-250 films per year. 10/10 must see. Oscar worthy performance by all means by Shia. What an incredible storyteller that man is.



Lynn Turner ( 2017-02-05 )

LaBeouf is Brutal, Heart-Breaking, Oscar Worthy in Man Down
 

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 could do to get the viewer 'in' the story right away. I highly recommend this film.



Meredith Klein ( 2017-03-14 )

Shia/amazing/Kate Mara/solid/Shia's son in movie - phenomenal
 

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Lynn Turner ( 2017-04-13 )

Watch out for Montiel ... sometime soon
 

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. ..



Mona Marsh ( 2017-03-12 )

If you thought a movie couldn't get that dark that quickly.... think again.
 

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 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!



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