What might have been a new spin on a relatively chilly piece of filmmaking becomes a carbon copy created for audiences who don't like subtitles -- meanwhile, all the flaws of Bier's movie remain completely intact and untouched.
Brothers -- an Americanized re-make of Danish director Susanne Bier's 2004 film "Brødre" -- revolves around the Afghan War but also keeps its distance, a balancing act that winds up looking more wobbly than elegant.
A compassionate crafting of lost and found families in wartime, but a seemingly self-censored scenario with the US military establishment and its combat rationale as the troubling invisible elephant in the room.
Brothers isn't nearly as unbearable as most of the anti-war pictures of the last five years, but when it comes to members of the armed services, screenwriters continue to lose their ability to think in more than one dimension.
As Sam, Tobey Maguire undergoes a complete transformation into a mentally traumatized individual, but his excellent performance isn't adequately supported by David Benioff's sporadically amateurish script.