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Megan Leavy


Offering The Ultimate Sacrifice

Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13
(for war violence, language, suggestive material, and thematic elements
Runtime: 116 minutes
Our Rating:
Directed by: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Cast: Kate Mara, Edie Falco, Ramón Rodríguez, Matt Morales, Andrew Dean, Common
Review by Diana Saenger

Megan Leavey joined the Marine Corps for  several reasons when things were not going her way. At first she has a kind of  “why am I here and did I do the wrong thing attitude”? A subplot about Megan’s  relationships with her mother and father, who are separated, shines some light  on why she feels so challenged.

Through all the things the newbies have to  go through in basic training, eventually Megan (Kate Mara) becomes a corporal  (Kate Mara). One of her assignments is to clean the K9 area. She’s not excited  about this assignment, until she sees Rex, one of the bomb-sniffing dogs being  somewhat aggressive.

Mara, Farco

After seeing one of her comrades with his  K9 dog, Megan wants one too. She’s put through several ordeals, often with  other Marines making fun of her. But she throws everything she has into this  task and surprises everyone with her in Iraq that she is just as capable of her  duty and Rex’s as anyone fighting with her; they are both now warriors. There’s  a touch of romance in the story that helps lighten up some of the distress.

Kate Mara (The Open Road, Tramscendence,  Netflix’s House of Cards) does an  extremely good job of portraying Megan Leavey. Leavey and Director Gabriela  Cowperthwaite (Blackfish) can  certainly be proud of their decisions in recruiting Mara for this role. She  made every moment in the film feel real. The cast of marines including Edie  Falco, Ramón Rodríguez, Matt Morales, Andrew Dean, and Common do a great job in  presenting a true-to live vision of what these wars entail and how it affects  everyone involved.


Learning about the K9 dogs and how they are  trained and taken care of is also interesting to learn about through the story  of Rex. This is a great film to see, and anyone who loves our military may shed  a tear of two (I did both times I saw the film), and will be even more grateful  for all they do.  

Megan Leavey  is based on the true life story of a young Marine Corporal whose unique  discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their  deployment in Iraq. Over the course of their service, Megan and Farco who  played Rex, completed more than 100 missions until an IED explosion injures  them, putting their fate in jeopardy.

Read more about this hero  and K9 dogs at

Recommended Audience:
Those who like true and inspiring stories.