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‘Man Down,’ though messy, delivers a powerful message of war

‘Man Down,’ though messy, delivers a powerful message of war

Director Dito Montiel gets points for aiming beyond his usual New York-set crime dramas, but the final product of “Man Down” never reaches its ambitions.

The thriller spans three time periods, features a score from Darren Aronofsky favorite Clint Mansell and boasts a cast that includes Shia LaBeouf, Gary Oldman, Kate Mara and Clifton Collins Jr. However, all that talent and effort amounts to a messy movie that has a powerful message but struggles to communicate it with clarity and without an excess of sentimentality.

“Man Down” begins in a post-apocalyptic America where Marine Gabriel Drummer (LaBeouf, rising above the material) searches for his missing...

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