My least favorite movies are the ones that have so much potential and do something stupid to waste it.
Max tells the story of a US Marine Service dog who’s handler gets killed in battle. The dog will then only be able to be controlled by the teenage brother of his handler. So, the family takes the dog in, despite it showing signs of PTSD, which dogs can get similar to the way humans can. The connection grows between the boy and the dog and they eventually work together to stop an arms deal in the town between a Marine in the same unit as the handler and some sort of Mexican cartel.
If the plot sounds stupid and ridiculous, that’s because that’s exactly what this movie is. But before we get to that, I’ll take a brief moment to talk about the only real positive in the movie. And that would be the dog. Any scene with Max in it, especially when he is doing things he is trained to do, is fantastic. There are a couple scenes where he fights some Rottweilers that are very intense and well done. Max’s scenes are very entertaining and enjoyable and are by far the best part of this movie.
The rest of the movie, however, is pretty terrible. The plot, as stated before, is one of the stupidest storylines I’ve seen in a long time. The movie completely falls off the rails about halfway through. Why they decided to go with the story of the arms deal that makes the movie so ridiculous, I will never understand. The movie would have been so much better if they had gone in the direction of the dog having PTSD. It should have been about how the boy helps him recover from that the whole time. But instead, the dog somehow gets instantly cured from it and the movie wastes itself on stupid story that they came up with. The whole thing is filled with things that happen for no reason other than they are convenient in advancing the plot, even if they make no sense at all. The only thing that might be worse than the plot is the acting in this movie. The members of the family that takes in Max all do decent jobs. But everyone else, oh boy. It’s not good at all. Some of it is just downright atrocious (the boy’s best friend comes to mind).
But, I think you have the idea. It’s not a good movie at all. It probably is not bad enough to belong on my 10 worst movies list and you could maybe find some enjoyment out of it if you caught it on cable and there was nothing else on. But there is no need to rush out to the movies and spend a bunch of money to see it. The only reason it gets a score as high as I’m about to give it is because of the scenes with Max. It gets a 2/5 from me.
More Info: Max IMDB Page