Las Vegas Weekly
Ten years ago, both writer-director Dito Montiel and actor Shia LaBeouf made major career moves with A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Montiel’s feature directing debut and one of LaBeouf’s first serious adult roles after a career as a child actor. Neither of them has lived up to the promise shown in Saints, and their reunion for the woefully misguided drama Man Down marks another misstep. LaBeouf plays Marine Gabriel Drummer, who leaves his wife and young son behind when he’s deployed to Afghanistan, where he’s involved in a traumatic incident of some sort. He returns home only to discover that things have gotten even worse, and his hometown (and possibly the entire country) appears to have devolved into a post-apocalyptic wasteland.