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Man Down (2016/Lionsgate Blu-ray)



Picture: B     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Film: B+



U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer (Shia LeBoeuf) recently returned from Afghanistan, but he only returns fight another war... a war within his mind.  Desperate to return to his family, his wife and son he can only rely best friend/war buddy Devin, but when he returns to the states, he finds it not as he remembered ...but some sort of biological apocalypse has occurred his only clue is the mysterious person named 'Charlie' who holds vital information to his family in Dito MontielŐs Man Down (2016).


Gabriel is an Afghanistan war veteran with a loving wife and son, but a soldier always fights two wars, one on the frontline and one at home.  Gabriel has flash backs of his past, memories of spending time with his family and his boot camp days with his best friend Devin, those were his best days and memories of his life.  Unknown to even himself, he brought back the war with him.  BUT what Gabriel does NOT realize is Devin is dead, that Devin had already died in the war and the post apocalypse America 'he' sees is also only within his mind. While his body survived the war, his mind did not.


This film was story through the eyes of a soldier with PTSD.  That soldiers who return from war with PTSD are unable to leave the war in their mind.  Often they are broken and end up unable to neither accept reality nor return to any kind of social norm.  They live in the mind, trapped by the trauma of the past they are unable to separate reality from fantasy and unable to recognize friend, foe, or even family and due to their military training they often react violently hurting others or themselves.


The 1080p 2.39 X 1 digital High Definition image is consistent and fine for the format, but nothing to write home about all the time due to how it is styled-down, while the lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix has highlights here and there, but is soundfield and sound mix inconsistent reflecting some of its low budget.  Extras include commentary and trailers.



-   Ricky Chiang


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