In recent years, Shia LaBeouf has become better known for his off-screen antics rather than his on-screen acting prowess. The 30-year-old’s career skyrocketed after his portrayal of protagonist Sam Witwicky in Paramount’s Michael Bay-directed Transformers (2007). Since leaving the big budget franchise, after the third film Dark of the Moon in 2011, LaBeouf went on to appear in much smaller projects such as Lawless (2012), alongside the likes of Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy, and Charlie Countryman (2013) where he starred opposite Evan Rachel Wood. Both these outings, topped off by more recent performances in David Ayer’s Fury and Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, showed that the, “Just Do It”, star has some serious serious talent.
Man Down marks LaBeouf’s return to the battlefield, and going by the new trailer we’d say it was a good move. Proof that a trailer alone is never enough to make a full judgement though, the film made its debut in September of 2015 at the Venice Film Festival where it was met with fairly mixed reaction from critics in attendance. Director Dito Montiel has made a good name for himself among hardcore film fans following the success of 2006’s A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, and has such developed a dedicated following. The question remains as to whether the wider audience will respond positively to Montiel’s deeply emotional movie, although, it’s more than likely LaBeouf’s own artistic vision for his character, and for the wider film, could really be what we’re seeing here.
Reuniting with Lawless co-star Gary Oldman, who features in the trailer, LaBeouf plays former U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer who spends most of the movie under emotional stress as he seeks the whereabouts of his missing son.
Official Description and Trailer:
In a post-apocalyptic America, former U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer searches desperately for the whereabouts of his son, accompanied by his best friend and a survivor.
Perhaps the most disappointing thing about Man Down is not its initial mixed reception, rather the fact that it won’t make it to many cinemas Globally. The film currently has release dates for the United States and the United Arab emirates, but other than that it remains unclear whether Man Down will receive any sort of official release in the United Kingdom.
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Man Down shoots into U.S. cinemas December 2nd.