Four Brothers

Four Brothers

John Singleton (2005)

104min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

When their adoptive mother is killed in a robbery, her four sons reunite and swear vengeance on the murderers. But the background to her apparently random death turns out to be more complex than it first appeared, as the trail leads to corrupt cops and a notorious local gang boss. Thriller, starring Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Andre Benjamin, Garrett Hedlund, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Terrence Howard.

Cast & 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
Sofi Sofia Vergara
Victor Sweet Chiwetel Ejiofor
Evelyn Mercer Fionnula Flanagan
Camille Mercer Taraji P Henson
Councilman Douglas Barry "Shabaka" Henley
Robert Bradford Kenneth Welsh
Director John Singleton
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: UIP Guidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 30 Sep 2005

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