ROG'S VIEWPOINT - After a tour in Afghanistan, U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer (Shia LaBeouf) returns home to find a post-apocalyptic America. Along with his best friend Devin Roberts (Jai Courtney), he desperately
searches for his wife Natalie (Kate Mara) and young son Johnathan (Charlie Shotwell). A strong, heartbreaking performance by Shia LaBeouf can't make up for a confusing and disjointed plot. It takes almost the full 92 minutes for director/co-writer Dito Montiel and writer Adam G. Simon to make their strong, relevant message clear. Before the ending, this film wanders back and forth between past and present without much meaning and leaving questions unanswered. To the movie's credit, it is well-acted throughout, including Gary Oldman as a Marine counselor and Clifton Collins Jr. as a homeless man Gabriel encounters on his quest. Grueling and difficult to sit through, "Man Down" is a downer. **

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