A precision-trained military dog, Max serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott. But when things go terribly wrong on maneuvers, Kyle is mortally wounded and Max, traumatized by the loss of his best friend, is unable to remain in service. Sent stateside, the only human he seems willing to connect with is Kyle’s teenage brother, Justin, so Max is saved when he is adopted by Kyle’s family. But Justin has issues of his own, including living up to his father’s expectations, and he isn’t interested in taking responsibility for his brother’s troubled dog. However, Max may be Justin’s only chance to discover what really happened to his brother that day on the front, and with the help of Carmen, a tough-talking young teen who has a way with dogs, Justin begins to appreciate his canine companion. Justin’s growing trust in Max helps the four-legged veteran revert back to his heroic self, and as the pair race to unravel the mystery, they find more excitement — and danger — than they bargained for. Vitals: Director: Boaz Yakin. Stars: Josh Wiggins, Lauren Graham, Thomas Haden Church, Luke Kleintank, Robbie Amell, Mia Xitlali. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 111 min., Action Adventure, Box office gross: $40.808 million, MGM/Warner. Extras: “Working with Max”: Meet the dogs that play Max and see inside tricks of the trade. Blu-ray adds “Hero Dogs: A Journey” behind-the-scenes look at amazing military trained K9s.