Since American Sniper was a big hit, MGM is hoping you’ll fall for another American Hero, Max. I’m giving the movie, Max a B. Max is about a specially trained dog who served in Afghanistan and who was sent back to the USA after his handler is killed. The dog suffers from PTSD and is struggling with the loss of his best friend. It’s up to his handler’s family—specifically their distant teenage son—to help Max heal.
Max is subtle in its patriotic message. The movie is more about family and learning to rely on each other. Justin Wincott turned sullen when his brother joined the military. Josh Wiggins does a great job as the angry teen. The scowls on his face could stop an armored vehicle. Dealing with an indignant teen is something most parents can relate to. Handling Max, the dog, is much the same. These two are meant for each other.
Seriously though, I was nervous about seeing a movie made by the people who did Marley and Me. We know how that movie ended. I was prepared for tears and certainly, there were some. So bring tissues but also be ready for on the edge of your seat excitement. From kidnapping, gun running, and a wild fight/chase scene…you will need to keep your eyes glued to the screen.
There were some definite flaws in the script. At one point, the kids were in the river with a cell phone in one of their pockets. Then about 5 minutes later, it magically rings…but the kids never think to use the phone to call for help. In fact, during the whole movie…they take the problems on themselves rather than get help from the people who could really help them. Hello…dealing with Mexican drug cartels is not something teenagers should do alone.
But if you are looking for a movie that will appeal to the whole family? Max will do it! And then be sure to visit the Michigan War Dog Memorial in Lyon Township. They recently held an internment for two special service dogs. Since dogs have been in use in the military since World War 1, they deserve a memorial to remember all that they gave (including their lives) in the name of honor and patriotism. The movie, Max will galvanize your heart.
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