There are two sides to every family.
When his helicopter goes down during his fourth tour of duty in Afghanistan, Marine Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) is presumed dead. Back home, brother Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal) steps in to look over Sam’s wife, Grace (Natalie Portman), and two children. Sam’s surprise homecoming triggers domestic mayhem.
I have not seen the original film that this was based on; in fact, I was not even aware that this was a remake until about two minutes ago. But I see that as a good thing rather than a bad thing because it allows me to judge this film on its own merit rather than as an interpretation.
Overall, I really liked this film. For the most part it was excellently written, shot and acted. However, there were a few shots (you'll know what I'm talking about if you've seen the film) where it felt like the director had censored himself a bit in order to achieve a lower rating. This was completely unnecessary it ended up with an…
I would be disappointed, except I expected this film not to be very good - yet another failed Hollywood remake of a great European film. I wouldn't say Susanne Bier's 'Brødre' is perfect. Of course, it has its flaws here and there. Yet it is such an intense piece and everything in it seems to fit together very well. Bier took the time to really develop the characters and the back-story before she threw the whole family into the horrid events, whereas in Sheridan's version, the plot feels much more rushed and the characters almost completely undeveloped. The only way in which we are able to get to know Sam, Tommy and Grace before Sam is sent off to Afghanistan…
I never expected that! A very intense, well rounded film... Great performances, believable emotion and the implications of war on family life.
A sad film but 'a must watch'
My initial thoughts on the casting of Tobey Maguire were 'Spiderman with a crew cut is still Spiderman'. How wrong was I?! Powerhouse performance depicting a trauma induced unravelling of one's psyche. I look forward to his next dramatic outing. Great support from Gyllenhaal & Portman.
It's a shame I watched Brothers after seeing the TV show Homeland, as in part they touch on similar ground, so I almost felt as though I'd seen the story of Tobey Maguire's troubled Marine before. That doesn't take anything away from Jim Sheridan's powerful family drama, which tackles some sensitive subjects carefully and, almost like a stage play, allows three talented actors to get their teeth into some well rounded, interesting characters.
Maguire here proves with the right material, he has acting chops as decent as anyone of his generation (something who anyone witness to his three average to poor Spider-Man films would have reason to doubt). He brings a real character journey to his war veteran Sam, from…
Hands down the best thing Tobey Maguire has done so far. I have gained just an ounce of respect for the guy, especially for the last 30 minutes of the film.
I flip flop on this one about a dozen times while watching it. In the end I think the moments that are so effective and moving add up enough to outweigh the frustration.
Pretty well acted and directed for the most part, but there were times when the movie took a slight downturn and felt a little uneven. But still, I would say this is the best of Jim Sheridan's recent work, but it pales in comparison to his first three films.
Explosive. The tension between Gyllenhaal and Maguire is incredible, however there isn't much else to say about the film.
Good story, good actors. Could watch it again someday.
Perfectly serviceable remake with about as much going for it as Bier’s original. I liked Tobey Maguire more than usual but he could do with a few losing-your-shit lessons from Cage or someone.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A remake of a good film was unnecessary, but this is still a decent job. Just doesn't add anything.
Beautiful actors in a dramatic feature about the haunting aftermath of a soldier fresh out of the imprisonment of the Taliban in Afghanistan, directed by award-winning director Jim Sheridan ("My Left Foot").
This 2009 film should be a contender for some nominations for the award season then but it certainly did not lived up to it expectation probably.
Based on a 2004 Danish film of the same name. "Brothers" starred Tobey Macguire ("Spiderman") & Jake Gyllenhaal ("Brokeback Mountain") as a pair of brothers from a snowy town in America.
The film did not indicate who was the elder of the brothers but Gyllenhaal's character, Tommy seems like the delinquent one who got himself into the can for an act of violence.…