Expected to be released on June 26th of 2015, the movie Max, a Sunswept Entertainment Production, is a family-friendly adventure film. The movie is rated PG and initially the release date was planned for January 30th of the same year but the date was pushed back. It was directed by Boaz Yakin and the film is presented by Warner Bros. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures.
The cast of Max consists of Josh Wiggins as Justin Wincott, Miles Mussenden as Major Miles, Dejon LaQuake as Chuy, Lauren Graham as Pamela Wincott, Thomas Haden Church as Raymond “Ray” Wincott, Miles Mussenden as Major Miles, Robbie Amell as Kylerick “Kyle” Wincott, Mia Xitlali as Carmen, Joseph Mussenden as Major Miles, Walid Hakim as Taliban Fighter, Jay Hernandez as Sergeant Reyes, and Luke Kleintank as Tyler Harne.
The film has been inspired by actual events. Max, who the movie was named after, is a military dog who worked in Afghanistan at the very frontlines functioning as a precision-trained canine. His handler who worked beside Max was U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott, but unfortunately things take a terrible turn when Kyle receives a mortal wound. Max is left traumatized and devastated by Kyle’s death and he is not able to continue on as a military dog. Consequently, Max is shipped back to the United States. It is soon discovered that the only human he can really bond with is Justin, Kyle’s brother. Kyle’s family takes Max into their family and adopts him, giving him a new chance at life. Justin isn’t interested at first in connecting with Max and forming a relationship as he struggles to live up to the expectations his father has for him. Fortunately, Carmen, another fellow teen with a love for dogs, helps the story to develop. Justin discovers that Max is the link to uncovering the events which actually transpired when Kyle was mortally injured. Justin and Max help one another to heal from Kyle’s death as well as the inside problems of the family, and together they team up for an exciting and dangerous adventure in an effort to shed light on a mystery. In the end, both Max and Justin are left with a new and improbable best friend.
Even though the movie has not yet been released there is a considerable amount of talk revolving around it. It is true that the movie is mainly targeted for the American audience and other countries won’t be able to relate to/or enjoy it as much. Other critics are already calling it cheesy. The film is made for families, however, and there are a lot of families and dog-lovers who are enthusiastically awaiting the film’s release.
Max is a mix of German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois. Some people are concerned that the Belgian Malinois will become the new trend for dog-owners to buy, in a similar fashion that Dalmatians were widely sought out and bought after 101 Dalmatians was released. German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois both need committed owners who will not only take them to obedience classes, socialize them properly around strangers, children, and other dogs, but also give them ample attention and exercise.