Directed by Dito Montiel
A haunted Afghanistan war veteran attempts to come to terms with his past while searching for his family in a post-apocalyptic America.
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★★★★ review by Ash Vitus Raymer on Letterboxd
I am honestly kind of shocked with the negative reception this movie seems to be getting, I must have seen a different movie because I found Man Down to be one of the most powerful movies of the year, it's got a multilayered story that never feels convoluted and always keeps you wondering what's going to happen next along with incredible performances, Shia in particular, as well as what I will call the most emotionally devastating ending I've seen all year, it's brutal but effective just like the rest of the film, I guess I'm in the minority on this one but Green Day said that was an okay thing to do so yeeeeeeah.
★★★½ review by Vivian on Letterboxd
While I understand the strategy from a marketing perspective, I wish modern military movies weren't so wrapped in machismo. They're stories I'm ultimately drawn to, but the way they're presented in promotional material (trailers, posters, etc) is such a turn off. Like, I would not have watched this if it weren't for the fact that my internet is slow and amazon prime buffers faster than other streaming sites. And what a shame because I would have missed a gem!
Anyway. The only problem I have with this is that it isn't quite as good as some other recent movies that tackle the same ideas. But it gets a good deal of credit for being original and less matter-of-fact than movies like Megan Leavey or Thank You For Your Service. Even if the plot weakens it, it's still something unique and worth watching.
★★★★½ review by Christie on Letterboxd
This was EXCELLENT!!
I went into it expecting nothing and got everything. Great performances from Shia LaBeouf, Kate Mara, Gary Oldman which I haven't seen in forever.
This story is creative, original and so gripping. Small budget massive heart!! I loved it!
★★★★½ review by Austin Bitikofer on Letterboxd
Man Down is a film about a marine battling PTSD(Shia LaBeouf) and my god was it an emotional film. Shia gives his all to an emotional, tear jerking performance as Gabriel, a husband and father who leaves his wife and son in his war buddy/step brothers care to fight in Afghanistan.
After his bro heals from a broken arm he too leaves Gabriel's family to go to war as well, after this, the events go down hill, spiralling into sadness(Thats all I'll say on that as I don't want to spoil it).
The only reason this isn't a 5/5 is due to the films jumping back and forth, it was director Dito Montiel's artistic decision but I wasn't really feeling it, although it did help the tone and emotional feel of the film for what happened.
Shia... Great job dude, you're a great actor man.
★★★★½ review by apollo2016 on Letterboxd
Shia LaBeouf proves his acting skills in this emotional film bringing awareness to vets with PTSD, how many of them commit suicide or become homeless when they come back to the US. Sad but good film
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