Military working dog Max, a Belgian Malinois, returns from service in Afghanistan traumatized by his handler’s death. He’s adopted by the fallen Marine’s family, and they help each other heal from their loss.
“Max” is a “make-you-feel-good” movie for the family, especially for those ages twelve and up. Some of the characters, Max included, go through a few ordeals before things get ironed out in the end. Newcomer Josh Wiggins and veterans Thomas Haden Church and Lauren Graham all do commendable jobs in their roles as the Wincott family.
The plot focuses on young Marine Kyle Wincott (Robbie Amell) who has trained and worked with a Belgian Malinois named Max, while serving in Afghanistan. Due to a fellow marine’s error, Kyle loses his life. His family—dad, mom and younger brother Justin—receive the bad news. Max is brought to the funeral service for Kyle, laying down sadly next to the flag-draped coffin. The dog takes a liking to Justin, and soon Justin brings him home to help the now-volatile dog settle down. They form a strong bond. When Kyle’s fellow marine, Tyler, comes to visit, Max is not friendly and soon Justin realizes something isn’t right. Justin becomes friends with a girl named Carmen, who also forms a friendship with Max. This coming-of-age story is fast paced, with never a dull moment.
Eventually Justin’s dad learns the secret Tyler is trying to keep hidden, which leads to a confrontation that requires Max’s immediate help or people may die. This action-filled drama shows the slow development of a relationship between Justin and his dad, and reminds the viewer that sometimes remarkable things can happen when you own a pet as cool as Max. We are happy to award “Max” our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12+. Max is one dog you’ll want for your best friend.