Shia LaBeouf is not exactly the most revered or well liked performer. From Plagiarism to weirdo modern art projects, he has repeatedly provoked considerable disdain from peers and public alike. Outside of his absurdities however, he has consistently turned in a fantastic performance after fantastic performance. Starting with Charlie Countryman then into Fury, and most recently the spectacular American Honey, Labeouf has proven his talent and has been surprisingly intelligent when picking his roles. So with the trailer dropping for his next project Man Down, Labeouf has peaked our interest.
Check out the Trailer Here!
LaBeouf reunites with his Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Helmer Dito Montiel. Why is hat important? Because Saints was arguably LaBeouf first truly inspired performance. Man Down finds Shia in a search and rescue mission for his own family after returning home from a tour in Afghanistan and finding his home has become a desolate post apocalyptic dystopia. From there the narrative weaves in and out of flashbacks as the story builds around a soldier battling PTSD while seeking reverence. The trailer is.. Not great. The music doesn’t match the visuals and it’s near impossible to get a grasp for the story at all. In fact, if you don’t read the synopsis prior to viewing, this will make no sense.
Man Down has been sitting on the shelf for a minute, and if that wasn’t telling enough, perhaps the staunchly negative reviews out of the Venice Film Festival last year provide a clearer picture as to what we can expect. Either way, this promises to be another solid outing for LaBeouf, even if in a potentially mediocre vehicle. It’ll be interesting to see the film play out in entirety, but this trailer is not doing the film any marketing favors.
Here’s the synopsis
When U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer (Shia LaBeouf) returns home from his tour in Afghanistan, he finds that the place he once called home is no better than the battlefields he fought on overseas. Accompanied by his best friend Devin Roberts (Jai Courtney), a hard nosed marine whose natural instinct is to shoot first and ask questions later, he searches desperately for the whereabouts of his estranged son, Jonathan (Charlie Shotwell) and wife, Natalie (Kate Mara). In their search, the two intercept Charles (Clifton Collins Jr.), a man carrying vital information about the whereabouts of Gabriel’s family. As we revisit the past, we are guided in unraveling the puzzle of Gabriel’s experience and what will eventually lead us to finding his family. The psychological suspense thriller MAN DOWN also stars Gary Oldman.
Man Down also Stars Gary Oldman, Kate Mara, Jai Courtney, and Clifton Collins Jr. and hits theaters December 2nd this year.