This week’s Sneak Peeks is a really weird mixed bag of genres, from war to weed to sex. Yes, it sounds like it’s been curated by a teenage boy but it hasn’t. We promise.
Man Down – Lionsgate
First up this week is the post-apocalyptic war thriller drama, Man Down starring Shia LaBeouf. The film, directed by Dito Montiel, is set in a savage post-apocalyptic North America and follows former U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer (LaBeouf) who is searching desperately for the whereabouts of his son Jonathan, and his wife Natalie. Joining LaBeouf on this rollercoaster ride is Kate Mara as Natalie, Gary Oldman as Captain Peyton, Jai Courtney as Devin Roberts, Clifton Collins Jr. as Charles and Jose Pablo Cantillo as Taylor.
Interestingly, by watching the trailer one would not really get a sense that the film takes place in a post-apocalyptic North America. We see glimpses of LaBeouf and Courtney in battle in Afghanistan and the emotional torment that LaBeouf’s character seemingly suffers as a result, but the post-apocalyptic aspect isn’t really anywhere to be seen from the movie’s advertising.
Whether the post apocalyptic aspect that all of the film’s plot synopses are touting is in LaBeouf’s mind is something we will have to wait to find out. For now, we are left with a rather confusing synopsis and a pretty average looking trailer. If that wasn’t bad enough, we also have a deluge of critical reviews from its premiere last year in Venice that suggest the film is not very good, labelling it “self-indulgent”, “hopelessly sentimental” and “bluntly allegorical”. To form our opinion, we will have to wait until Man Down is released in December.
Baked in Brooklyn – Red Crown Productions
Next, something that couldn’t really be more different. Baked in Brooklyn, which when googled is overshadowed by different bakery companies in Brooklyn, tells the story of a recent college graduate (played by Josh Brener) who decides to sell marijuana on the streets of Manhattan after losing his job at a consulting firm. He soon meets the girl of his dreams (played by Alexandra Daddario) With an unsupportive girlfriend, an increase in clienteles, and the growing threats of being caught or killed, he realises that he is in way over his head.
The film looks pretty enjoyable. Brener looks like he will be playing that likeable nerdy character that we have seen many times on screen, and Daddario is a great screen presence. The trailer has some decent jokes in it and it is shaping up to be the kind of film that, while maybe not necessarily being hilarious, will make you smile and be a good way to pass the time on an evening. Baked in Brooklyn is out now!
Frank & Lola – Universal Pictures
Last up this week, noir love story, Frank & Lola written and directed by Matthew Ross. The film tells the story of Frank (played by Michael Shannon) a chef in Las Vegas, who meets and falls in love with Lola (Imogen Poots), a mysterious young woman who’s new to the city. After a betrayal and forgiveness, Frank, consumed by obssession, soon finds himself in Paris, intent on exacting revenge on a man from Lola’s past.
Frank & Lola also stars Michael Nyqvist, Justin Long, Emmanuelle Devos, Rosanna Arquette and David Atrakchi. Unlike Man Down, Frank & Lola has already gotten an overwhelmingly critical response, with Guardian critic Nigel Smith describing it as “a haunting examination of obsession and domination” and Stephen Farber from The Hollywood Reporter calling it “a haunting dissection of male jealousy”. It looks like it is shaping up to be a very good film and will be released in December.
So there you have it, another roundtrip to Trailer Town under the belt,