Shia LaBeouf looks to deliver a powerful performance in the upcoming psychological suspense thriller Man Down. Shia portrays a U.S. Marine named Gabriel who returns home from war in Afghanistan to fight a new battle of PTSD while trying to locate his wife (Kate Mara) and son (Charlie Shotwell) missing. While searching for his family, Shia finds that America has turned into a war zone, much like the one he tried to escape.
“What happened in that room is real,” Shia says as tears begin to fall in a dramatic scene with Gary Oldman. “I can’t take that back. But I can’t rewind it.”
This is the second time LaBeouf has worked with director Dito Montiel, the first being 2006’s A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints.
“[Montiel] came to my house when I was in a really low place and offered it to me like therapy,” LaBeouf said at 2015’s Venice Film Festival. “Like, ‘Here’s a healing process so we can jump in together and get well.’”
Here is the official synopsis:
When U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer (Shia LaBeouf) returns home from his tour in Afghanistan, he finds that the place he once called home is no better than the battlefields he fought on overseas. Accompanied by his best friend Devin Roberts (Jai Courtney), a hardnosed marine whose natural instinct is to shoot first and ask questions later, he searches desperately for the whereabouts of his estranged son, Jonathan (Charlie Shotwell) and wife, Natalie (Kate Mara). In their search, the two intercept Charles (Clifton Collins Jr.), a man carrying vital information about the whereabouts of Gabriel’s family. As we revisit the past, we are guided in unraveling the puzzle of Gabriel’s experience and what will eventually lead us to finding his family. The psychological suspense thriller MAN DOWN also stars Gary Oldman.
Man Down arrives in theaters on Dec. 2.