Kyle Wincott and Max are a team in Afghanistan. Max uses both his nose and his training to help the soldiers in the company. He tells the men where weapons are hidden and whether to move forward or remain stationary. Unfortunately Kyle is killed and Max is unable to accept another handler. Kyle’s family is notified about Max and they agree to take him into their home. This is easier said than done. Max begins to accept Kyle’s brother Justin as his new handler. Kyle’s father Ray wonders if Max had anything to do with Kyle’s death? Tyler was in Kyle’s company and Ray gives him a job at the storage unit Ray owns.
This film is very realistic and I had a cramp in my stomach when bad things were happening to Max. There is probably the statement at the end of the film that “no animals were harmed in the making of this movie.” Max’s real name is Carlos and he had various stunt doubles too. There are other dogs in this film but Max is the real star and he does better in his acting than some of the people!! 3 ½* (I liked this movie)
111 min, Adventure directed by Boaz Yakin with Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins, Luke Kleintank, Lauren Graham, Robbie Amell, Mia Xitlali, Dejon LaQuake, Jay Hernandez, Own Harn, Josephy Juilian Soria.
Note: Imdb 6.8 out of 10, 34% critic 70% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2*, Amazon 4.7* out of 5* with 1867 reviews.
Special Note: Filmed in North Carolina. This film is dedicated to the 26 dogs and 25 handlers killed in military service. Max was also in the film Project Almanac and he is a Belgian Malinois, a type of Belgian Shepherd. The two main breeds of police dogs are Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd. The cost can be about $8,000 for the dog and then training $12,000. Rin Tin Tin was disqualified from winning the first animal best-actor Oscar because of his non-human status but he earned the most votes!!