Kate Mara sets the tone for this gritty Iraq war drama, playing a young burnout who flees her dead-end town and nagging divorced mom (Edie Falco) to join the marines. The military provides the young woman with discipline, though she finds purpose only after earning an assignment to train police dogs and shipping out to Ramadi with her German shepherd, Rex. Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Blackfish) renders the IED searches and combat scenes with nerve-racking realism, and her skillful postwar sequences show how the trauma of Leavey's teen years resurfaces under the shroud of post-traumatic stress disorder. This is an affecting story about loyalty, sacrifice, and the forging of identity. With Ramón Rodríguez, Bradley Whitford, Tom Felton, and Common.
Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Producer: Mickey Liddell, Jennifer Monroe, Pete Shilaimon, Scott Holroyd and Robert Huberman
Cast: Kate Mara, Edie Falco, Ramon Rodriguez, Tom Felton, Damson Idris, Bradley Whitford, Common, Geraldine James, Will Patton, Miguel Gómez, Catherine Dyer, George Webster, Corey Johnson, Jonathan Howard and Melina Matthews