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Man Down (2015)

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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.

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... Gabriel Drummer
... Devin Roberts
... Counselor Peyton
... Natalie Drummer
... Sergeant Miller
... Charles (as Clifton Collins)
... Johnathan Drummer
... 2nd LT. Taylor
... Stanton
Paul Sado ... Spori
Pierre Kennel ... Officer Walnum
... Officer Osiris
... Swat Captain Perez
... Police Officer
Bill O'Reilly ... Bill O'Reilly
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When a U.S. Marine returns home from 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, he searches desperately for the whereabouts of his estranged son and wife. In their search, the two intercept a man carrying vital information about his family. Written by mandown

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for some disturbing violence, and language throughout | See all certifications »
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2 December 2016 (USA)  »

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Shia Lebeouf actually started to feel suicidal after playing a Marine who suffered from PTSD. See more »

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Captain Peyton has an enlisted Fleet Marine Force badge on his uniform, when he should have the gold-colored officer version. While officers can wear enlisted badges if they are prior service, the FMF badge was only created in the early 2000s and thus he would not have it. See more »

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[first lines]
Gabriel Drummer: [guard dog barking] Devin, I'm at the back entrance. I'm going in...
[now standing over the cot covering the boy's mouth with his hand]
Gabriel Drummer: Okay, it's me.
Johnathan Drummer: Daddy?
Gabriel Drummer: You're okay. Yeah, you're okay. Okay, we're gonna get out of this place now. Come on, baby.
[picks the boy up]
Gabriel Drummer: Hold my hand. Hold my hand...
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The Aftersmash
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One of the Most Enjoyable Movie Experiences...Ever
15 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

For me, this was all about the experience.

I just saw this tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival (with Shia LaBeouf and Kate Mara in the audience), in the lovely Roy Thomson Hall, and had absolutely no expectations going in. The premise sounded interesting (a marine returns from the Afghanistan war to post-apocalyptic America in search of his wife and son) , but in all honesty Shia was a bit of a red flag. The movie's I've seen him in have either been "meh" or not that good, and he usually gave mediocre performances in all of them. Plus, is he not crazy? Like, actually insane? Very sporadic dude to say the least.

After seeing this, I can confidently say I've never had my expectations shattered so hard before. This absolutely blew me out of the water in every way. The directing was brilliant, the supporting cast was spot on, but the real stars are screenwriter Adam Simon for coming up with such a unique and passionate idea, and Shia himself. This dude broke out of the image I had for him and gave a performance of a lifetime. It would be an absolute shame if it's not recognized in some way or another (whether that be awards or just general praise).

Now before you go see this, let me tell you that it really does take a while to get going. You may have mixed feelings at the beginning, and even partway into the middle, but once the credits roll and you leave the theatre, the experience you had will be unlike any other.

To conclude, I want to touch on experience again. Part of what made this so good for me was the experience (TIFF, watching it with Shia himself) but also the low expectations. In a way, a review takes away from the expectations. If you read this before watching Man Down, I only want you to take one thing away: it was good. That's it. Ignore all the praise I've just given it. It was good.

It was good.


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