Max

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Max has good intentions and tries to hearken back to classic family-friendly features, but its disjointed, manipulative plot overwhelms the efforts of its talented human and canine stars.

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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.

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  • Dec 20, 2015
    I like the homage to the veterans and serving dogs this movie boasts, but it is predictable at times. Great young cast they make you laugh. The interaction between the dog and boy is quite believable and well done.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2015
    Entertaining and fun, Max is an inspirational family film. The story follows a military dog who's slated to be put down after going feral in the wake of a firefight in Afghanistan, ,but he's rescued by the family of his former handler and retrained. The plot's pretty clichéd and predictable, yet it kind of works; giving the audience what they want (animal and family bonding and healing together). Still, the kid is kind of annoying at times and the subplot about black market arms dealing is rather contrived. However, despite its little problems, Max is a solid film with a positive message about friendship and bravery.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2015
    This plays out like a made for TV movie but it is still endearing and has a human tale to tell with a lot of heart. Max is undoubtedly the star of the movie and if you have seen any animal movie you know what to expect from this. Still enjoyable though.
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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