Man Down Reviews

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October 3, 2019
What's unfortunate is how the film's complex themes become casualties of the film's ultimate ineptitude.
March 30, 2019
MAN DOWN attempts to cram a murky mass of plot and emotion into an hour-and-a-half of screen time. In the process, little of its meaning survived, and we're left with an appalling film.
March 19, 2018
It's difficult to recommend this poorly-wrought war drama to anyone with 90 minutes to spare and literally anything else to do.
October 12, 2017
Unfortunately, until the revelatory last 15 minutes, it does itself no favours at all.
September 12, 2017
The portrayal of someone struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder brings the personal toll of war into sharp focus.
April 6, 2017
This is a woefully confused and confusing film.
April 2, 2017
Shia LaBeouf delivers a superb performance in a film that is otherwise misjudged on almost every level.
March 31, 2017
Once the smoke clears and the shock of its twists wears off, Man Down is even worse than it originally appears.
March 31, 2017
This genre-blending drama about a traumatised soldier may be flawed - but it's impossible to fault Shia LaBeouf's commitment to the lead role.
March 30, 2017
An uncomfortable blend of war movie, family drama and dystopian sci-fi.
March 30, 2017
Montiel's movie gambles everything on an ambitious plot device that doesn't quite come off, but LaBeouf's vulnerability offers an effective portrait of masculinity in crisis.
March 30, 2017
The ingredients of science fiction, family drama and war movie never really gel and that's before a plot twist that tugs at the heartstrings and undermines credibility.
March 30, 2017
The movie is fragmented enough from the word go, but plummets from such an insane height at the end that you want to rewind and hand everyone involved a personalised black-box recorder.
March 30, 2017
An oppressive cloud of macho self-pity hangs over this muddled and overwrought movie, which involves a cliched narrative device that is glib and unsatisfying.
March 30, 2017
This naff war fable with end-of-world curlicues is good only when LaBeouf fills the screen. His anguish, tears and poignant gropings to comprehend are moving and believable.
March 29, 2017
Dito Montiel's Man Down is a well-meaning but very confused drama exploring post-traumatic stress and the plight of US soldiers "coming home."
March 28, 2017
Featuring strong work from LaBeouf, Man Down is a fascinating example of how a powerful performance and good intentions can be derailed by a misguided concept and flawed execution.
February 22, 2017
LaBeouf goes above and beyond to make Gabriel a compelling figure, but Adam G. Simon's screenplay gives him relatively little to work with.
January 19, 2017
This war drama contains an earnest plea, a call for sympathy and understanding for soldiers suffering from PTSD; but the movie is so scattershot, somber, and confusing that it never comes together.
December 15, 2016
LeBeouf works his tail off, but too many scenes are meandering and shapeless, with only the puzzle box structure of the story left to hold our interest.
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