Shia LaBeouf Plays Marine Vet In New Post-Apocalyptic War Movie

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Set among a psychiatrist's office, empty American streets, and a nondescript warzone resembling the Middle East, the trailer for the upcoming fantasy war film, “Man Down,” is gritty, emotionally charged, and a bit of a mindfuck.


Directed by Dito Montiel, “Man Down” stars Shia LaBeouf, who plays Gabriel Drummer, a Marine infantryman. The story follows multiple timelines and in the trailer, which was released Oct. 25, Drummer goes from hard-charging grunt in a heated firefight to a veteran out of touch with his life back home, and later, a post-apocalyptic warrior wandering desolate streets.

The movie seems to be an end-of-the-world thriller as well as a war film and a reflection piece on the complex moral injuries that result from war. According to IMDB’s synopsis of the film, and a review by Variety, the film centers around Drummer’s quest to recover his son, who’s been abducted by unknown assailants, with flashbacks to his time as a Marine.

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Whatever “Man Down” actually ends up being about, one thing is certain, LeBeouf has come a long way from the wet-behind-the-ears kid in “Transformers.”

Beat-down, grizzled, and bulked up, the actor actually fills the combat boots of a grunt pretty well, visually at least. Then there’s the pained, if not agonizing, way he reflects on the loss of a friend during a deadly firefight.

“What happened in that room is real,” says Drummer in the trailer, visibly shaken as he speaks to a military psychologist, played by Gary Oldman. “I can’t take that back. It’s just one of them things.”

“Man Down” premiered overseas in 2015 at the Venice Film Festival, and is set to hit theaters in the United States on Dec. 2. Check out the trailer below.

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"The Boxer took defensive action against an Iranian drone which had closed into a very, very near distance – approximately 1,000 yards – ignoring multiple calls to stand down and was threatening the safety of the ship and the ship's crew," Trump said during a White House ceremony. "The drone was immediately destroyed."

"This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters," he continued. "The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel, our facilities, our interests and calls upon all nations to condemn Iran's attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce. I also call on other nations to protect their ships as they go through the Strait and to work with us in the future."

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The Army may be celebrating its prized Army Futures Command (AFC) reaching full operational capability, but the organization's leaders still have quite a to-do list in front of them.

AFC commander Gen. John Murray briefed reporters on Thursday alongside Bruce Jette, the Army's Assistant Secretary of Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, on the progress of the Army's modernization roadmap and what's coming down the pipe to help soldiers soldiers win the conflicts of the future.

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The official trailer for Top Gun: Maverick is here, and if you were praying to God there would be another volleyball scene, you are in luck.

Slated to hit theaters in 2020, the sequel to 1986 classic features Tom Cruise back in the role of Maverick, only this time he's a Navy captain behind the stick of an F/A-18 Hornet.

The two-minute trailer features a number of throwbacks to the original Top Gun: There's Maverick pulling the cover off his motorcycle and driving down the flight line, a shirtless volleyballer (there was no way you would have escaped this), and a piano-playing scene with Great Balls of Fire, my man.

Directed by Joseph Kosinski, the film also stars Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, and Ed Harris. The film hits theaters on June 26, 2020.

Watch the trailer below:

Top Gun: Maverick - Official Trailer (2020) - Paramount Pictures www.youtube.com

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