Shia LaBeouf struggles to cope with PTSD in the nail-biting first teaser for Man Down, Dito Montiel’s post-apocalyptic war drama set for release in early December.
Don’t let the post-apocalyptic handle fool you, though; Montiel’s feature is a character drama first and foremost, and early signs point to LaBeouf turning in a raw, heartfelt performance as U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer.
Upon returning home from a harrowing tour in Afghanistan, our damaged lead begins a desperate search to find estranged son Jonathan (Charlie Shotwell) and wife, Natalie (Kate Mara). It’s here that Man Down places a laser focus on the ways in which the horrors of war can erode one’s psyche to the point of mental collapse. Think American Sniper mixed with elements of The Hurt Locker, only darker.
Adam G. Simon is the brains behind the script, and following screenings at both Venice and Toronto last year, Man Down is finally inching closer to its theatrical release.
Man Down, also starring Gary Oldman, Kate Mara, Clifton Collins Jr. and Jai Courtney, is poised to open on December 2. You can catch a glimpse of the film’s haunting one-sheet, below.
U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer (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 (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, Johnathan (Shotwell), and wife, Natalie (Mara). In their search, the two intercept Charles (Collins), a man carrying vital information about the whereabouts of Gabriel’s family.