It’s a sleepy weekend at the box office.
Shia LaBeouf goes completely method in his newest flick, post-war thriller, Man Down. Upon returning home from war in Afghanistan, U.S. Marine Gabe Drummer (LaBeouf) finds himself in a post-apocalyptic version of the place he once called home.
Along with his best friend, Devin (played by Jai Courtney), Drummer goes on the search through the wasteland for his young son, Johnathan.
The film is interspersed with flashbacks to the days before the war, when Drummer marries his wife, Natalie (Kate Mara), and later as Drummer is questioned by a military counselor after a particularly rough incident in the slums of Afghanistan.
The film, directed by Dito Montiel, definitely benefits from LaBeouf’s star power and all-in performance. But, the strength of his grit and frequent tears isn’t enough to hold this disjointed film together. It’s much better than you’d think it should be, especially the solid, depressing ending. And, it has a certain twist that places it on an ambitious level. The problem, however, lies in how it’s structured. While the pieces do fall into place, there’s a sense that a larger budget or more crafted director could have pieced everything together with more bravado.
Also releasing, horror flick Incarnate stars Aaron Eckhart as a wheelcharir-bound scientist assisting the Vatican with ridding an evil spirit from a young, 11-year old boy. The film is just as silly as the premise suggests, bringing nothing new to the table.
With award season upon us, brush up on some of the best films of the year still at Regal Atlantic Station. Arrival, starring Amy Adams, is sure to be a big player.
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