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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Movie Review & Giveaway: Susie's Hope!

Susie's Hope (2014)
105 minutes    

About the movie: 
Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as thyey lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, The Twighlight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.

About Susie:
Susie was found nearly dead in Greenfield Park in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 20, 2009. Just a puppy, Susie had licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby. Her owner became violent—she was beaten so severely her jaw was broken. That wasn’t enough, though. She was then set on fire and left for dead. Incredibly and against all odds Susie survived. Donna Lawrence adopted her two months later. Susie is now a trained therapy dog and event won the American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog this year!

 Watch the trailer:

My rating:

My thoughts:

As an animal lover, dog movies always seem to get me teary-eyed and Susie's Hope was no exception. The story was touching and I couldn't help but feel for Susie and the things she went through, especially considering this movie is based on a true story.

One of the only complaints I had was that the acting didn't always feel real/genuine - at least to me. Don't get me wrong, I liked the actors and for the most part thought the acting was good, there were just some instances when it didn't seem real.

Overall, though, I really enjoyed Susie's Hope and recommend it if you enjoy inspirational dog movies.

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  1. It is beyond my comprehension how someone can.abuse innocent animals. Thanks for sharing .

  2. I love all animals, but dogs have always held a special place in my heart. I follow Hope For Paws on Facebook and those videos make me so emotional. My son asks me why I keep watching them when they make me cry, and I tell him because once I see there's a new video I have to watch it to see that the dog/dogs got rescued and is now living a happy life.

    I can not fathom how someone could be so cruel to a dog or any other animal. It just tears me up inside.

  3. I am an animal lover too.
    I feel so sad that this movie is based on a true story. I mean it is beyond my comprehension that someone would want to treat an animal that way.
    I am very happy that people are fighting back, this seems like a great inspirational movie.

    My best friend loves animals too, I'll have to watch the movie with her :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Susie sounds like such a special dog. I am glad she was rescued. This film is sending an important message about animal abuse.
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  5. I would like to win this movie for our home to view being based on a true story of reaching out and healing. Thank you for your posting review. Love wins!! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  6. Enter me for this awesome giveaway!!
    Sharon Bryant
    Conway, SC.

  7. Susie was the name of my first pet. Very touching story. sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

  8. I should look into this one. It sort of snuck up on me as I didn't realize after the TV airing it was on DVD at first. Glad you liked it, Melanie! :)

  9. Anyway that can draw attention to helping innocent animals is so important. Animals are so often innocent victims we need to be their voice in the fight to help them. Would love to win this. Thank you for the opportunity.

  10. I would love to win so I can see this movie.

  11. The trailer had me tearing up. We need to bring more attention to animal abuse.

  12. This looks so good! Our menagerie includes mostly rescued animals, so this strikes close to home.

  13. I'm an animal lover and do my best to help educate others. This looks like a great story to share with others. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.


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