2 January 2015 | inkblot11
Monsterously fun! Families will love it, I predict
Ashley (Rhiannon Leigh Wryn) and her brother live with their widowed fireman father. It was hard to lose their dear mother and Ashley copes with the help of her beloved dog Max. In truth, Max is a dear canine but, at times, he gets into trouble. This upsets neighbors, especially the block watch chairlady. Then, too, the little doggie often runs free, despite Ashley's best efforts. Meanwhile, a scientist is developing formulas to increase the size and strength of ordinary animals, like rabbits. His boss sure likes the looks of his enormous bunny, for this evil man wants to eventually sell it to world powers for use with humans. Needing another "test" creature, the scientist is forced to give the formula to Max, who has been kidnapped on one of his runs. What they don't count on is Max turning into a giant, very strong dog who breaks free and runs back to Ashley. Once the little girl's shock wears off, she and her brother take Max to a nice veterinarian lady to see if she can bring Max back to his normal self. Mayhem ensues as Evil boss, the scientist, a Russian spy and others try to capture Max for their own benefits. Is there an antidote for Max's condition and will the good guys win the day? This darling family flick will have kids enthralled and giggling. Borrowing from the effects put forth in the movie The Mask, Max's transformation into superdog is quite thrilling. The actors, all unknowns, are entertaining while script, direction, costumes, and sets are more than adequate. Do, do get Monster Mutt for a future family film night.