‘Man Down’ Trailer: Shia LaBeouf Puts in Emotional Work in Delayed Thriller

Image via Lionsgate Premiere
Image via Lionsgate Premiere

The first trailer has been released for Man Down, a post-apocalyptic drama-thriller that looks to be carrying a strong performance by Shia LaBeouf.

The film tells of a U.S. Marine (LaBeouf) who returns shaken from a tour in Afghanistan. Apart from finding that his home country is no better than the battlefields he has come from, he finds that his wife (Kate Mara) and daughter are both missing. He heads on the road with his best friend and fellow marine (Jai Courtney) in search of his family.

This one’s been kept from release for a while now, which usually doesn’t bode well for the quality of a film. That being said, the trailer below is a strong, if admittedly odd, look at the film. It appears as though LaBeouf puts in quite an emotional turn in a film that touches on PTSD and the treatment of veterans. And then there’s the post-apocalyptic setting, which is barely even hinted at and nor is it mentioned in the synopsis below. Not too sure if that song works very well, either. And is that a spoiler regarding Courtney’s character?

We’ll see what we’re in for when Man Down, directed by Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Fighting), hits US cinemas on December 2.

Synopsis for Man Down:

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 hardnosed 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.