Dog, A Heart-felt Story About Healing


Alyze Ladiski, Staffwriter

DOG: An impelling story about a man who needed a best friend and a dog that needed a best
friend that came out in theaters earlier this year in February. Trying to get special orders to get back on
assignment, but couldn’t due to his PTSD, Former Army Ranger Briggs makes a deal with his
commanding officer to take upon the dog of a soldier that died due to suicide and travel together
to the soldier’s funeral. Little did he know he was going to get some tough love from the dog
who also struggled with PTSD. Reluctant and paired against their will, Army Ranger Briggs and
dog Lulu take upon this agreement. Though they struggled to get along they buckled into a 1984
Ford Bronco and raced down the Pacific Coast in hopes of making it to their fellow soldier’s
funeral on time. Along the way, they’ll drive each other completely crazy and let down their
guards with one another on this road trip of a lifetime. The director/writer of this movie is Reid
Carolin along with co-director/star Channing Tatum and Producers include Gregory Jacobs,
Peter Kiernan, Brett Rodriguez, and again Channing Tatum. Main cast of this movie consist of
Channing Tatum as Jackson Briggs, Jane Adams as Tamara, Kevin Nash as Gus, Q’orianka
Kilcher as Niki, Ethan Suplee as Noah, Emmy Raver Lampman as Bella, Cayden Boyd as
Corporal Levitz, and a Belgian Malinois as dog Lulu. Rotten Tomatoes rated this a 77% with top
critic saying,”Dog’s dramatic breed is far from exotic, but solid narrative bones and well-trained
work from co-director/star Channing Tatum make for a fetching viewing experience.” The
audience rated this a 89% with the top comment saying, “Dog is as heartwarming as you’d
hope, but it also tells a sensitive story about the long road to healing after experiencing the
horrors of war.” I 100% recommend you watch this. It was a very good/ heartfelt movie that
keeps you well entertained.