Leon van Nierop
1 minute read
20 Sep 2015
8:00 am

Max movie review (trailer)

Leon van Nierop

A brave soldier-dog called Max is traumatised during the Afghanistan war after losing his trainer, master and fellow soldier.

He is sent back to America to be put down as the dog doesn’t seem to be able to cope with the stress or the city. He then meets and bonds with his trainer’s brother, well-played by Josh Wiggins. The boy, who initially wants nothing to do with the dog as he is still lamenting the death of his brother, eventually succumbs to the dog’s love for him. Just as well, as the dog may one day save his life in the city.

This is obviously a film for dog-lovers, so if you love dogs or was involved in the training of these animals, you may find inspiration, and even consolation in knowing dogs really are man’s best friends. This film focuses on the bravery of dogs during wars as many of them sniff out bombs, but also shows how traumatised these animals become when confronted by loud noises like fireworks.

Especially moving is the scene in which the dog meets his trainer’s brother for the first time and the blood-bond he feels for him. Quite moving and well-executed without overt sentimentality. Max is not a special film like Hachi – A Dog’s Tale by Lasse Hallström (will there ever be as subtle and beautiful a tribute to a dog’s love for his master than this?) but will also touch your heart.