Four Brothers

  • 15
  • John Singleton (2005)
  • US
  • 104 min
Four Brothers
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Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

The two sides of director John Singleton's haphazard career - Boyz N the Hood social concern and Shaft blaxploitation - unite in this tough revenge drama that consistently remains engaging while spinning headlong into preposterousness. Mark Wahlberg, Garrett Hedlund, Tyrese Gibson and André Benjamin play the hard-nut foster brothers who precariously reunite at their activist mother's funeral to bring her murderers to justice. Benjamin delivers the subtlest performance as the only married sibling, whose business dealings may be the cause of Mob boss Chiwetel Ejiofor's puzzling vendetta. The spectacular action scenes include a sliding car chase through a blinding snowstorm, a frenzied street shoot-out and a brutal climax on a frozen lake - all choreographed to a golden oldie Motown soundtrack. It's fast, it's furious, it's ultimately sentimental and ludicrous but Singleton's loose remake of The Sons of Katie Elder hits the slick urban western button with proficient glee.

Plot Summary

Action drama from Boyz N the Hood director John Singleton, starring Mark Wahlberg and Tyrese Gibson. Four Detroit men reunite for their adoptive mother's funeral and then hunt down the men who killed her during a convenience store robbery.

Cast and crew


Bobby Mercer
Mark Wahlberg
Angel Mercer
Tyrese Gibson
Jeremiah Mercer
André Benjamin
Jack Mercer
Garrett Hedlund
Lt Green
Terrence Howard
Detective Fowler
Josh Charles
Sofia Vergara
Victor Sweet
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Evelyn Mercer
Fionnula Flanagan
Camille Mercer
Taraji P Henson
Councilman Douglas
Barry "Shabaka" Henley
Robert Bradford
Kenneth Welsh


John Singleton

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 30 Sep 2005
Certificate 15