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21 Ratings

Man Down

Directed by Dito Montiel
United States, 2015


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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Man Down Directed by Dito Montiel
Despite cinematographer Shelly Johnson’s attempts at imitating the hazed lighting style of Janusz Kaminski, the movie doesn’t look convincingly like anything. It exists entirely to hide its sophomoric secrets—the nature of the “incident” discussed in Drummer’s therapy session, the question of how the future America came to be, the relationship between Drummer and Devin—and then present them as profound insights.
December 01, 2016
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In depicting complications in Gabriel’s life that go beyond the immediate circumstances of wartime service, the movie stacks the deck in a way that Montiel can’t resist exploiting. As for the war material, it’s shameless in its caricatures and clichés, and up-to-the-minute in its alienating pyrotechnics. Montiel may have had honorable intentions in creating this movie. But what he made is neither a viable work of art nor an effective call to action. It’s a sadistic and ghoulish spectacle.
December 01, 2016
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If, for some reason, you’ve ever yearned for the emotional dimensions of a war vet’s PTSD to be reduced to A Beautiful Mind-style twist, look no further than Man Down… Everything about the environment is rendered in a manner too blatantly artificial for it to be anything other than a character’s mental projections. This only makes the “gotcha” unveiling of that supposedly mind-blowing revelation about 20 minutes toward the end even more irritating in the filmmakers’ apparent cluelessness.
November 27, 2016
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