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Dakota: saved by the dog

Lola Sultan in Dakota

Dakota is a dog. A dog who saves the day for a mom and her daughter. I watched it because as a loyal Tim Rozon fan, I thought I must. It was mediocre at best, but the dog was heroic and it had a happy ending.

Dakota begins by setting up the situation. Kate’s (Abbie Cornish) Marine husband was killed in Afghanistan. Kate is left trying to keep their small Georgia farm going while working for the fire department and taking care of her daughter, Alex (Lola Sultan). They are going broke and in danger of losing the farm.

Tim Rozon in Dakota

A Marine who served with Kate’s husband, Malcolm (Tim Rozon), manages to get the Marines to let him take the dog, Dakota, who served with Kate’s husband. Malcolm delivers the dog to Kate and Alex on the farm.

Alex’s grandfather, Monty (William Baldwin), is a helpful figure in the story, too.

Lola Sultan in Dakota

Naturally everyone falls in love with the dog, who is smart, brave, and protective. If your family loves dog movies, this one will hit all the right emotional reward centers. Plus, this is the kind of story where people revere the flag and say their prayers.

In addition to being broke, the family has another problem. There are two local sheriffs. Good sheriff (Roberto Davide) and bad sheriff (Patrick Muldoon) are brothers. Their family used to own the land that Kate and Alex live on. Bad sheriff wants to buy it back. Kate won’t sell, even though she knows the bank is about to foreclose.

Bad sheriff will do anything to get that land, including break the law and endanger lives.

The plot is weak, the dialog is trite, but the dog is a winner and everything works out in the end. Catch Dakota on Hulu.

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2 responses to “Dakota: saved by the dog”

  1. Is this on net flex, or prime ? Just came across your blog and sure do appreciate it. It’s like a TV guide for the streaming channels 🙂

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