At the same time, this has to hurt a bit. Man Down was LaBeouf's reunion with Montiel, who directed the former child star in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, one of the first movies that let the Even Stevens star show off his adult acting chops. Though LaBeouf has made headlines recently with his political projects and his occasionally bizarre behavior, he was also excellent as a rattail-sporting conman in the minor indie hit American Honey. The dude can act.
Judging from the trailer and the clip above, Man Down, which also stars Gary Oldman and Kate Mara, is yet another chance for LaBeouf to get his moody scowl on. The movie screened at the Venice and Toronto film festivals where it received mostly negative reviews -- it currently has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 15% -- and it was released back in December in the U.S. It had a modest box office haul of around $450,000, which is still a lot more than one ticket.
A more pressing question: who was the one Shia-loyalist who went for a solo trip to the cinema to see Man Down? That's the real hero of this story. While everyone else has given up on young Shia, or at least resigned to reading about him online, this one man or woman bravely doubled-down on their commitment to the Holes star. We salute you. Wherever you are. Take a bow.