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After the death of his handler Kyle in Afghanistan, war dog Max is adopted by Kyle's family. Though suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder following Kyle's death, he brings together the grieving family.
If you have had enough of sugary pooch lovin' in films, Max will be a refreshing watch that attempts to break away from the syrupy vein of its beat. Though laden with cliches and lacking suspense, the film thrives because of its stirring moments. The titular character of the hunky Belgian Malinois is sketched with subtlety, never getting overtly melodramatic. The story with its share of drama and action, at its core it remains a heartwarming tale about overcoming loss.
Max's striking bond with Kyle's brother Justin is palpable. Justin, who is battling the overbearing pressure of matching up to his elder brother in terms of valour, stature and nobility, seeks solace in the bereaved canine. The warm intent of the story is never lost, which emerges as the film's stronghold.
The screenplay, however, is over plotted and runs down the script's mettle. Though the titular character is of a war dog, his vocational life is hardly ever the focus. It rather prefers jabbering about Justin's bootlegging activities which is needless for the plot. The climax takes off from an Enid Blyton story as three kids and their dog bring down an illegal arms nexus. The story was capable of so much more but the potential never sees the light of the theatres due to sketchy writing.
Fortunately, there is plenty to enjoy as well in the film. The complex friction between Justin and his father and the terse bond with his deceased elder brother Kyle, is beautifully translated on screen. Expect your share of heartbreaks too, especially in the scene where Max breaks down at Kyle's funeral. It's an absolutely heartwrenching moment. For clap-traps, the film offers the Belgian Malinois taking on two Rottweilers , who bite the dust when pitted against our skilled hero Max.
Tugging at the heartstrings, this movie has enough innocence to get you misty-eyed.
The role of Taliban insurgent is played by a former Mariner.
Max was played by six different dogs in the film.
Max's breed is the same used in the operation that killed Laden.
Marine Corps don't use CORP but rather use CPL as their abbreviation.
The climax of the film was extremely clunky and looked gimmicky.
The film begins with Max (a Malinois Shepherd) excavating hidden ammunition in a village in Afghanistan. Max, a war dog, is extremely close to his handler Kyle. The unit Kyle is functioning with is investigating about an arms dealing in the region and realizes his friend Tyler has something to do with it. As Max leads them in a volatile to excavate more, a suicide bomber explodes close to Max/ A visibly traumatized Max has Kyle coming to his rescue, who is then shot dead by Tyler.
Kyle's younger brother and his parents live in Texas. Justin's income comes primarily from ripping games for a local smuggler. Justin's parents take a hit when they hear of Kyle's demise. His mother Pamela is informed by two officials that Kyle died at battlefield in Afghanistan. His body is brought back home for burial. During his funeral, Max is brought in leashed. The dog desperately attempts to break free and howls during the funeral. It is s surprise that Justin's presence calms down Max, probably reminding him of Kyle. The unmanageable Max was going to be put down when Justin's mother Pamela decides on adopting him. Max officially becomes Justin's responsibility. Max is uncontrollable in the first few days but Justin develops a a certain fondness for the pooch. On one night when Max's barking was relentless, Justin sleeps in the garden beside him.
Meanwhile Justin meets his best friend Chuy's cousin Carmen who helps him figure how to warm up better with Max. She makes a few treats for him and teaches him a few tricks to handle Max, that works.
Tyler comes visiting the family one evening and Max on seeing him attacks him. When Justin's father asks Tyler what killed Kyle, Tyler imples that it was Max who betrayed him that led to his death. He decides to kill Max but Justin pleads him out of it. Justin goes and finds out about the real reason for Tyler's turbulent history with Max and Kyle's death.
Chuy's brother Emilio forces Justin to rip a game for him and then Justin follows him with Max only to discover that he and Tyler are trading arms. Emilio's dogs sense that Max and Justin are around and attack them. But Max saves Justin.
When Justin is back home, he is questioned by his mother about what happened. Tyler who gives her another version of the story makes it look like Max's fault. Tyler threatens Justin in private and says that he must put down Max if he doesn't want anyone close to him trouble. Justin allows Max to be captured by Animal Control officials. Just when the officials are about to put max down, he fights them and flees.
Back at home, Justin is depressed about letting go Max. His parents try to take it out of him as to what happened really but it is impossible for them. Max finds his way back home and Justin is ecstatic to see him.
Justin's father is taken into captivity by Tyler and his guys. Justin along with max, Carmen and Chuy embark on a mission to get his father home. As Max fights off other canines of the enemy group, Justin and his father keep each other safe. In the end, Max kills Tyler. The film ends with Justin thanking Kyle at his grave for giving him Max.
Max, the film about a US Marine dog, is getting rave reviews from critics and moviegoers alike.
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