Man's Best Friend (1993)
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This story centers around a high-tech biotechnology lab. From its confines comes "Max," a genetically engineered killing machine in the guise of a household pet dog.]]>
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Quick Summary: A news reporter (Ally Sheedy) breaks into a lab to do a story on how the company is experimenting on animals. While she is there she kidnaps "MAX" a Tibetan Mastiff who is apparently the culmination of the scientist's work (Scientist played by Lance Hendrickson). MAX instantly worms his way into her heart with his human intelligence and precious furry face. Unfortunately MAX is also very possessive, and overly protective of his new human love interest, much to the chagrin of her boyfriend.
Honestly this movie is not good, it's straight B-Movie fair, but man is it fun on a rainy Saturday afternoon. The things this dog can do are so way over the top you would think the movie was written by a 12 year old. But, the humor in the way they are executed will amuse most B-Movie fans. The cat and mailman scenes are hysterical to me. And you couldn't have picked a cuter more lovable dog (who is by the way, the best actor in the film). If you are looking for art, look elsewhere. If you are looking for substance, look elsewhere. If you are looking to add to you B-Movie collection then add this to your cart and have a fun time.
The story begins with nosy reporter Lori Tanner, played by Ally Sheedy, sneaking into a top security experiment laboratory to uncover allegations against the company for cruelty to animals. This is the first in a string of unbelievable sequences: if the facility is as important and top secret as the movie portrays it, where are all the guards? Nonetheless, she breaks in and gets the scoop, not to mention a large dog named Max who seems friendly until the project leader, Dr. Jarret, shows up to scare Lori away.
Max escapes and hitches a ride home with her, and once there, he takes a liking to her and a strong disdain for her boyfriend, Perry, who wants him out of the house, Meanwhile, Dr. Jarret reports the dog theft to the police, leading to the inevitable foreshadowing of doom as he tells the detectives about Max's genetic altering that will lead him to unspeakable acts of violence. And wouldn't you know it? He starts going nuts: completely digesting a whole cat, murdering a mailman and burying him like he was a chicken bone.
The movie has fun with the normal dog cliches: the mailman and cat are one of them, as well as his instinct to protect Lori from Perry.Read more ›
For one thing, while Max adores his new friend, he doesn't' dig her main squeezer. Add to this the neighborhood cats, psychotic mailmen from hell - THEY need to be put on a leash! - and bicycling, annoying kids, and you have a recipe for disaster. Apparently if Max doesn't receive his meds he gets cranky. Watch out!
The plot sounds great, doesn't it? Well, look too hard and that falls apart. Sadly, the movie is predictable and the ending depressed the hell out of me. I can dig why the lead role, Lori, despises animal research - this movie seems like it was trying to make a bizarre point and instead gets muddled somewhere. It makes zero sense the dog will know only to kill 'bad guys', even when they're not obviously bad - like the boyfriend. And acid urine? Too unbelievable to be bought. Also, I could have done without the obvious cute attempts.
On the good side, we do get Lance Henricksen, who acts his best here. His role as the kooky pissed off scientist convinced me. Ally Sheedy was semi-believable as the reporter; not an award winner but fair enough.Read more ›
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I love this movie I had to buy it. I can look at it over and over and over.Published 15 hours ago by Amazon Customer
non stop action. great great movie. cute and loveable with a little bit of a horror twist.Published 3 months ago by Nicholas F. Dandrea
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