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Joblo Review: Man Down

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Man Down is an admirably ambitious but hopelessly muddled examination of the effects of PTSD on soldiers traumatized by what they've seen and done overseas. Something of a much darker and demanding cousin to Ang Lee's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, the film takes an almost experimental approach to its narrative, which is fractured into three or four different parts - one of which is a gloomy post-apocalyptic scenario that will have people scratching their heads. It is, no doubt, a challenging experience for the viewer, and for a time I appreciated director Dito Montiel's abstract vision and the message he was attempting to impart. But once all of its cards are on the table and you take a step back to look at the big picture, Man Down is definitely more miss than hit.

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