“Megan Leavey” – 8 out of 10
In a word: Emotional
If you’re prone to jerking tears, bring a tissue box.
The only thing wrong with this movie was that it was mostly predictable. Young woman from a dysfunctional family looks for a place to be worth something. She joins the Marines and ends up drawn to working with explosive sniffing dogs and develops a strong attachment to “Rex,” a beautiful German shepherd with whom she develops a loving relationship. So, the plot is set, the outcome is expected to be heartbreaking.
The setting is Iraq’s war in 2007. The IEDs explode and the young female Marine is injured along with “Rex.” She is devastated when the Corps orders a separation of the two.
Megan then spends all her energy, love, money and resources to recover “Rex” so she can adopt him for the remainder of his years.
Based on a true story, the audience knows they’re being set up for a tear jerk, but it’s all okay because it’s about unconditional love and all the right reasons.
Acting is good, particularly from the main character, “Megan” played by Kate Mara. Rex also plays a magnificent role. (Woof Woof) If you love dogs, you will love Rex.
As a former Marine, I noticed a couple of military implausibles which I’ll leave aside for this review. Those of you who have been in the military, especially the Marines, will see what I’m talking about.
This is a fairly “clean” movie, with a tidbit of foul language, and no sex scenes to speak of. Yes, there’s violence, but it’s not gratuitous. The story requires the depiction of violence. The few “battle” scenes were realistic and frightening.
This is the reason we go to movies, to enjoy good entertainment, and get emotionally caught up with a heartstrings-laden story line and the actors that play in them.
I give it an 8 out of 10.