Movie Review: Megan Leavey


Available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download is the heart-wrenching, yet feel good movie, Megan Leavey. 

The film stars Kate Mara, Ramon Rodriquez, Tom Felton, Bradley Whitford, Will Patton, Edie Falco and Common.

I’ll be the first one to say that I DON’T like films about war. I can’t watch them. I find them more scary than horror movies. I think it’s because films about war depict what it’s really like for our men and women in the armed forces. I cannot imagine what they go through during times of war. Just the idea of not knowing from one day to the next if you are going to live or die is impossible to imagine. That is why I have the utmost respect for those in the military.

The reason why I wanted to review this film is because it’s not just a film about life in the military – it’s also about the bond between a solider and her K-9 partner.

Megan Leavey (Mara) is a young woman with no real purpose in her life. She lives in upstate New York with her mother (Falco). Leavey doesn’t really aspire to do much and rather spend her days sleeping, much to the dismay of her mother.

One day Megan sees some Marines in a parade. For some reason they inspire her to want to want to join the Marines. Before you know it she’s in Boot Camp doing all the military training and getting yelled at by her superiors.

After a night of partying (a big no-no when you are in Boot Camp), Megan is assigned to clean the pens for the military dogs. While she is cleaning the pens she watches the dogs and decides she wants to be a part of it. After bugging her superior she is assigned to the K-9 unit. She is also partnered up with the dog no one wants to work with – a hard to handle German Shepard named Rex.

Megan and Rex have a lot to learn, not only about their roles in the military K-9 unit, but also about themselves and each other.

The pair is deployed to Iraq when they are faced with many dangerous situations. Once such situation almost kills Megan. She is sent back home to recover, but Rex is left behind to continue with his K-9 duties.

Megan realizes that she needs Rex, and she is pretty sure that Rex needs her. They have formed a bond that she never expected.

Megan will do whatever it takes to bring Rex home to her and let him enjoy a retired life by her side. The military does not want to relinquish Rex to her. He is seen as “unadoptable” due to his military training.

Will Megan win the battle to bring Rex back home? Or will Rex live out his life in the military before they put him down when his service is no longer needed. To find out you need to pick up (or download) Megan Leavey. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

This film really tugged at my heart-strings. As a dog/pet lover I cannot imagine a dog begin put in such situations. At the same time, those amazing military dogs are responsible for saving the lives of our men and women in the military. They are able to sniff out bombs and other potential hazards.

The film was a real eye-opener. I didn’t realize just how intense the training for both dogs and their human counterparts are. It’s grueling at times. I appreciate the insight that the film gave.

This film has a lot going for it – action, adventure, drama, edge-of-your-seat situations and of course the unbreakable bond between a dog and a human. It made me cry –  A LOT. Some where sad tears, others were happy tears. Make sure you have tissues handy, especially if you are sensitive like me.

I still am not too keen about the war aspect of this film but over all I thought this film was wonderful. I like it even more knowing that it’s based on a true story. I don’t want to let you know the outcome of Megan and Rex’s battle with the military, but if you read the news you probably already know.

There is a bonus feature, but I didn’t have the opportunity to watch it yet. When I have the chance to watch it I’ll update the post.

Below is the theatrical trailer for the film. The film is now available for home viewing.



*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and “mini zoo” consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher’s assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.