Sunday, April 11, 2010

Brothers (2009) R - 3½ Stars

Very strong emotional movie on the effects war has on families. Good performances by Maquire and Gyllenhaal, you feel for both brothers and try to put yourself in their shoes. Maquire does a great job of showing the torment war has instilled upon him. It makes you think about how much more is going on behind the scenes of war you didn't realise.

Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire), has just received orders to ship out for a tour of duty in Afghanistan. His supportive wife Grace (Natalie Portman), is apprehensive to see him go knowing the dangers he faces ahead. The couple has two small children leaving Grace uneasy about their separation. Hank (Sam Shepard), is very proud of his sons devotion to duty and considers him a hero. On the other hand Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal), Sam's older brother has just been released from a prison for robbing a bank. In Hank's eyes his son Tommy has become the black sheep of the family but they try to sit for one last meal before Sam ships out.

Grace never cared for Tommy, mainly due to the behavior that landed him in jail, but she welcomes his help in stepping up as Uncle Tommy while Sam is away. But when the family gets news that Sam's helicopter has been shot down and Sam killed, he takes on an even bigger role comforting Grace. The two become very close and on the verge of a relationship when suddenly Sam returns from the grave. Having endured a major mental shock in Afghanistan, Sam returns in body with his brain scrambled and confused. He accuses Tommy and Grace of having an affair, becomes a mean father and must make the choice of returning to Afghanistan or mending his soul for the sack of his family.

Sony Pictures Releasing, Lionsgate
Director: Jim Sheridan
Writer: David Benioff
Producers: Joni Sighvatsson, Michael De Luca, Ryan Kavanaugh
I viewed 4/10

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