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Brothers

  • Drama
  • 2009
  • Jim Sheridan
  • 100 mins
  • 15

Summary

Directionless ex-convict Tommy develops a sense of responsibility when his soldier brother Sam is assumed killed in action, and resolves to take care of his widow and children. However, when Sam is later found alive and well, he becomes resentful of his brother's newfound closeness with his wife. Drama, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire and Natalie Portman.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

When US marine Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) is presumed killed in action in Afghanistan, the process of healing brings spouse Grace (Natalie Portman) and black-sheep brother Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal) closer together in this contemporary home-front melodrama. A fairly faithful remake of a fine 2004 Scandinavian film, it shows that the story is arguably even more relevant in the setting of an American military town, where the siblings' ex-soldier father (Sam Shepard) is as proud of Sam's service record as he is withering towards Tommy's shiftless ways. Director Jim Sheridan (In the Name of the Father) has a justifiable reputation for getting the best out of his performers, and while he creates a wholly convincing sense of a family tested almost beyond resilience, he also cajoles standout work from Gyllenhaal as the wastrel who finally realises that no-one else is going to do his growing up for him. If the other key performances were just as persuasive, this might be something really special, yet a slightly bland Portman and an overwrought Maguire rather highlight the contrived turns in the plotting of what is a thoroughly respectable effort, but one that is not all it could have been.

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Credits

Cast

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Sam CahillTobey Maguire
Tommy CahillJake Gyllenhaal
Grace CahillNatalie Portman
Hank CahillSam Shepard
Isabelle CahillBailee Madison
Maggie CahillTaylor Geare
Private Joe WillisPatrick Flueger
Major CavazosClifton Collins Jr
Cassie WillisCarey Mulligan
Elsie CahillMare Winningham
TinaJenny Wade
SweeneyEthan Suplee

Crew

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DirectorJim Sheridan

Details

Theatrical distributor
Lionsgate
Released on
2010-01-22
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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