MAN DOWN

R Rated

This stinker should be renamed “Movie Down.” Rarely have I seen a film with absolutely no redeeming features, but “Man Down” is it.

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. He searches desperately for the whereabouts of his estranged wife and son.

Shia LeBeouf stars as Gabriel Drummer. Kate Mara, who stars in HBO’s hit “House of Cards plays Drummer’s wife, Natalie . Charlie Shotwell is their son Jonathan. Jai Courtney plays Drummer’s best friend and fellow soldier, Devin Roberts. Academy Award Nominee Gary Oldman is the Counselor Peyton.

LeBeouf is so hammy as a soldier suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder it gives you a stomach ache. Oldman, who is usually excellent in any role he takes, is lifeless in this disaster. He sits throughout his scenes asking inane questions in a monotone voice.

On the drive home, I tried to remember if the movie was in black and white or color. The film was so dark it was hard to distinguish whether it was in black and white or color. Only great films like “To Kill A Mockingbird” or “The Americanization of Emily” can get away with shooting in black and white. “Man Down” definitely needed more color.

The hackneyed script was written by Adam G. Simon and Dito Montiel based on the story by Adam G. Simon. We have seen hundreds of movies and television shows about PTSD and all of them were better than this film. I have no idea who put the money up for making this film or distributing it but something tells me they are going to lose their shirts as well they should. The story jumps all over the place and is hard to follow. The lady in the seat in front of me fell asleep and was snoring.

Dito Montiel directed this monstrosity. I suggest he goes back to film school and takes a few more classes before he tries to direct again.

Supposedly set in Afghanistan, the sets look like they were just flats built on the back lot of a studio.

I was trying to find something good to say about this movie and I found something: I only had to suffer through this film for an hour and thirty-two minutes. I am not going to tell you where to find this movie. If you want to waste your time and money going to it, you will have to find it on your own. This film doesn’t warrant any Mary’s.

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