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A uniquely unpleasant mash-up of moody post-apocalyptic adventure and moodier wartime melodrama.
Man Down carries a poignant message about American veterans' mental health needs, but you may give up on the movie before it gets there.
The final sequence, when all is revealed, is overwrought, excruciatingly shrill, manipulative, and exploitative -- and hardly a surprise to anyone even halfway paying attention.
Man Down is a bad film, but it's made even worse by the taste it will leave in your mouth regarding its silly handling of a very serious issue.
LaBeouf ... ably carries "Man Down" on his shoulders. He has an easy, natural chemistry with Shotwell, and he's a reservoir of buried emotions in his scenes with Oldman.
Mr. Montiel may have had honorable intentions in creating this movie. But what he made is neither a viable work of art nor an effective call to action. It's a sadistic and ghoulish spectacle.
It's difficult to recommend this poorly-wrought war drama to anyone with 90 minutes to spare and literally anything else to do.
Unfortunately, until the revelatory last 15 minutes, it does itself no favours at all.
The portrayal of someone struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder brings the personal toll of war into sharp focus.
This is a woefully confused and confusing film.
Shia LaBeouf delivers a superb performance in a film that is otherwise misjudged on almost every level.
Once the smoke clears and the shock of its twists wears off, Man Down is even worse than it originally appears.
The acting in this is great, but the story is crazy. It is hard to follow and in the end when it makes sense you think why did they do that? I really like Dito I just wish this was a better executed and more thought out story.
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