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
“Man Down” begins in a post-apocalyptic America where Marine Gabriel Drummer (LaBeouf, rising above the material) searches for his missing wife (Mara) and son (Charlie Shotwell). Joined by his longtime friend and fellow soldier Devin Roberts (
Montiel's film gives the trauma of modern war its just due, and LaBeouf ably shares his character's pain and continuing struggle. Meanwhile, both the scenes set in war and in the smoking husk of Drummer's home suffer from poor CGI that dull their effects on the audience, even while the cast tries their best. Both they and the cause of veterans returning home deserve better.
Rating: R, for some disturbing violence and language throughout.
Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes