Watched: 06 September 2015
Last night we seen a touching story of a boy and his dog, Max. It was an instant family favorite, irregardless of the little inconsistencies that we noticed, coming from a military perspective.
Max is a war hero with PTSD, Justin’s brother’s dog. Justin’s brother Kyle, the good son, was killed while on maneuvers, and even while overseas, Max knew that everything was not kosher in Denmark, as the saying goes. Kyle’s childhood friend was doing a little side business, and used his friend as a cover.
Back home, Justin was a hacker, constantly at odds with his veteran father and hold-it-all-together mother. His friend had him doing a little side business of his own, and the heat was starting to make him sweat as his father was starting to catch on to him.
Not good family relationships, and after Kyle’s funeral, the addition of a strung-out dog adds to a ticking time bomb.
Justin’s friend’s cousin steps in, helping Justin work with Max and challenging racial perspectives (I liked this) with a bit of sass and a bit of manners and a large dose of right and wrong.
But Max isn’t the only Marine come home.
Kyle’s friend shows up, and as soon as he sees Max, everyone knows that something is wrong. What nobody wants to admit, though, is what. Why does Max have such a strong hate for his former handler’s best friend?
A story that does not follow the rules, but leads to a stronger family in the end, the only thing I found missing from the final scenes was Max’s trainer. Did that ever get resolved and cleared up? Or is that a blemish for future sequels? I don’t know.
Max was a great action story, coming-of-age story, family story, military story… the list could go on and on, but I say watch it. Watch it with someone, because most of all, this is a Coming Together story, and you’ll want to to share a smile with someone as it wraps up. Because.
Another movie courtesy of out local public library:
Tonight was Family Movie Night, and tonight’s selection was Robocop. The original version was somewhat corny, and so is this one. Good cop gets injured thanks to the line of duty, gets revolutionary treatment, melding what is left of his body with a mechanical suit and computer programming, turning him into a tool (literally and figuratively).
While the man/machine story is not new, the take was modernized, and something believable for the very near future. However, this wasn’t a complete copy of Robocop – it seems they threw some Judge Dredd in there, Cylon (Battlestar Galactica) in there, and Hunger Games-like media coverage. Obviously this is an updated, pop-media aware version of a cult classic!
Good action movie, but don’t expect a replay of the original – this one has all of the updated tech you would expect from a modern action flick, plus some advanced tech befitting its futuristic storyline. I’d give it 3.5 stars (out of 5).