Featuring one of the leading stars of the early 2000s, Dog is as simple a story to follow as its title. With its message of healing, the film is a literal and figurative journey that teaches its character something important.
Dog (2022) Film Review
Recovered from severe brain trauma after his service as an Army ranger, Jackson Briggs (Channing Tatum) wants to find work that complements his skills. Instead, he’s working at a sandwich shop making phone calls to all who will listen to him. Certain he’s recovered, his former Captain is skeptical and for good reason. Despite Jackson’s attempts to find some kind of work that will bring him closer to the fight, no one will take him on with recommendation. In order to get back on that list, his captain tasks him with taking the dog of his former ranger buddy to his funeral. Trouble is the dog may be in worse PTSD shape than Jackson is.
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Reading about movies months ago is all fine and good, but usually I tuck them away in my movie memory. This because I have this weird ability to wait out movies until they show up on a streaming service I pay for. This is also true of Dog, a film Channing Tatum championed and co-directs. While there’s some rough edges, the film is decent.
What I don’t love about the film is how it ignores some of the things the plot raises. I understand time limits, but I think there is still some areas where the plot kind of drops this information but then doesn’t fully follow up or show. Nonetheless, Dog is a good movie. It won’t appeal to everyone because of the implications and some of the things you see. But it’s also part of reality and that doesn’t change. What this film does do is show a completely different side of Tatum.
I’m only a Channing Tatum fan based on his PG-13 offerings. Acting that many aren’t fans of which is sometimes stereotyped as the She’s the Man type character. However, this film offers a different side and it’s good. He’s able to still be a kind of easy-going character, but there’s a deeper effect that’s good. It’s all appropriate and need for this role, too. In short, Tatum is actually very good here, especially considering his co-star is a dog for the vast majority of this script.
Slower in its pace, but mostly still worthwhile, Dog has a crack here and there, but mostly, it’s good.
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Content: there is some profanity and crude humor. One scene finds Jackson in the home of two women where they feel each other up and presumably plan a threesome before interruption. There’s some tense moments when a character suffers a brain injury aftereffect (he seizes and lies on the floor unable to move) and there is more than one dog attack. The film is PG-13.