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Megan Leavey
Based on the true life story of a young marine corporal (Kate Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is...  View more >

Starring Kate Mara, Tom Felton, Bradley Whitford...  View more >

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Oct 17, 2017
Kate Mara does an excellent job portraying a young woman from a depressed existence and an equally depressed future who decides to join the Marines. While perhaps running away from something isn't the best reason to join up, it turns out to be a good decision for her.

She finds purpose after serving a punishment detail cleaning the pens of bomb-sniffing dogs, and decides to learn how to be a dog handler and persists until she succeeds, against quite a few obstacles placed in her way. She ends up being deployed to Iraq with a German Shepherd named Rex and they form a very close bond while serving a very important purpose.

When Mara's character decides not to reenlist after both she and Rex are seriously injured, she finds herself without her unit, without the same kind of purpose, and without Rex. How she responds is the whole point of the movie and the arc that her character is on.

In addition to Mara, and of course, the dog who played Rex, there are some good supporting performances by Edie Falco and Bradley Whitford. This isn't a Hallmark movie, but it's definitely an uplifting story that's worth watching. When the ending of a movie evokes an emotional reaction in me, I know that it's done its job well.

If this movie were still in theaters, it would be worth paying admission price for. It didn't get much attention in theaters, as these types of movies don't seem to garner much publicity or buzz, but we're fortunate that good movies can live on through home video.

Amazon includes it in Amazon Prime Video, and that's the way that I watched it. Unfortunately, they are showing it cropped from 2.35:1 (widescreen) down to 1.78:1 (HDTV), so some on-screen elements are cut off the sides, but hopefully they will fix it after enough people complain (like I did).

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