Max | Movie Reviews + Features | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper
Favorite

Max 

An overly long, rote tale of kids and a dog fighting crime, dressed up in patriotic ribbons

1film_1.jpg

Max, a Belgian shepherd, is a U.S. Marine, stationed in Khandahar, Afghanistan.

1film_2.jpg

The mission goes wrong; Max's handler, Kyle, is killed; and the dog returns stateside with PTSD.

1film_3.jpg

Max bunks down with Justin, Kyle's disaffected younger brother. Each needs a friend.

1film_4.jpg

For the first 20 minutes, Max might be an OK movie, exploring the collateral damage to a family suffering a tragic loss, and how caring for a similar damaged animal might spur healing.

click to enlarge 1film_5.jpg

But Max goes right off the rails with idiotic villain subplots, and not-true-in-real-life doggy derring-do.

1film_6.jpg

Ultimately, the film plays out like a super-long after-school special, where kids and a dog roust out the bad guys (and bad dogs) and everybody ends up even better friends when it's over.

Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Listings

CP Newsletters

Sign up to get the freshest content sent right to your inbox.

No recent CP TV

© 2018 Pittsburgh City Paper

Website powered by Foundation

National Advertising by VMG Advertising