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May 4, 2018

Max (2015) --- "Retired Military Dog And His New Owner Go On A Hunt For His Late Owner's Killer. See How They Do It."

Plot Summary
After U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott is killed in Afghanistan, Max, his highly trained service dog, is too traumatized to remain in service. Back in the U.S., Kyle's family adopts the dog, but teenage brother Justin (Josh Wiggins) has problems of his own and doesn't want the animal. However, Max may be Justin's only chance to learn what really happened to his brother. With the help of a dog-savvy friend, Justin and Max begin to bond and set out to unravel the mystery of Kyle's death. (1) 

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Hello, Movie Buffs! 
     Director and writer Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans) and co-writer Sheldon Lettich (Rambo III) created a touching family film with serious subject material that is sentimental, patriotic, and plenty of heartfelt moments that will tug on heartstrings.  Max (2015) is about a retired military dog that helps people in special ways, specifically a young boy who has trouble dealing with his brother’s death. The film enlightens the audience on the effect that war can have on humans and animals, and teaches children in a way that is easy to understand. The film also teaches the audience the power of truth and honesty, and that it is important to open your heart to the people closest to you.

      All the actors did a great job in providing solid performances but there were three performances that stood out the most. Thomas Haden Church as Ray Wincott and Josh Wiggins as Justin Wincott did a great job as father and son. Wiggins relationship with Max is wonderful to see on screen. Max is played by Carlos a Belgian Malinois, and he did an amazing job in bringing this character to life. There is a great animal theme in this film. Canines like Max, as well as a number of other animals, go above and beyond for their handler with most only having a minimum of 2 years extensive training as it can take years to perfect.

     Overall, Max (2015) is an entertaining family film for all ages. The story is serious and touching, and it will tug on your heartstrings. The acting was solid with great performances from Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins, and Carlos (as Max). If you have a great love for dogs than you will absolutely love this film.

"Nose of a dog, the heart of a marine, sounds like a hero to me!"
- Kyle Wincott

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  7 of 10 stars
Worth Buying:  7 of 10 stars

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