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April 20, 2016
This film represents an issue that seems widespread in film and television. Siblings are always pinned against each other. It is this dichotomization that suggests a gaping hole in the family structure, one that expects its members to fulfill certain roles to the detriment of a healthy development. It is only once Sam disappears that their father warms to Tommy. It is clear from the film that Tommy would continue to feel the sting of ostracization if his brother had not disappeared and forced his family to re-adopt him into their fold.
April 14, 2016
The acting from Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman, and Jake Gyllenhaal are fantastic, but the cliche plot destroys it.
½ December 16, 2009
This movie belongs in the garbage.
½ August 7, 2015
it based on the Danish Motion Picture "Brødre" (Brothers) which adapted
to the screenplay to English languages. it tell about the powerful story showing to Captain Sam Cahill and younger brother Tommy Cahill, who are polar opposites. When his Black Hawk helicopter is shot down in the mountains Sam is presumed dead and the Cahill family suddenly faces a shocking void. A young man comforts his older brother's wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan.
showing the with different aspect of war after the fighting has war end. show the mental health which some the solider
February 28, 2016
An American remake of Susanne Bier's outstanding 2004 Danish film (Brødre), Brothers is a gratefully complex and insightful art-house drama. Showcasing but not over analyzing, Brothers explores ingrained tense family dynamics and a flourishing but painful love triangle.

Solid citizen, devoted family man and career solder, Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) is about to embark on his latest mission to Afghanistan. His diametrically opposed brother; the black sheep recently released from jail, Tommy Cahill (Jake Gyllenhaal), is seemingly determined to become a career criminal.

A permanent thorn in his ex-military fathers Hank (Sam Shepherd's) side, Tommy is nothing short of unwanted at a combined welcome home and farewell family meal. Unable to celebrate in harmony, Tommy is jibed relentlessly his vitriolic father "try mimicking your brother for a change?" "You're brother's a hero ... what do you do?"

Promising to return home to his loving childhood sweetheart wife, Grace (Natalie Portman), Sam encourages Tommy to pursue a better life. Inadvertently perpetuating Tommy's behavior, his relationships with both his father and Grace deteriorate further.

When news arrives that Sam is missing-in-action and presumed dead, however, Grace and Tommy mourn his loss by forming an unlikely friendship. Tommy finding a psychological liberation begins to redeem himself. Finding purpose and direction by rebuilding Grace's collapsing kitchen, and taking on a role as protector and male fixture in her children's Maggie and Isabelle (Taylor Geare and Bailee Madison) life.

Drawn ever closer to Grace, a more than a platonic friendship develops. However, when Sam turns up alive and is mentally damaged from the tortures endured during his extended PoW capture, he registers the sexual tension between Grace and Tommy. Sam's posttraumatic stress and paranoia lead a complete break down, descending the situation into raw emotional chaos.

Although the overly saturated and hyper current topic may deter some viewers, there is an edge this film has over its war movie rivals. Crafted and infused with realism, agonizing moral dilemmas and family resentment, it resonates past the battlefield.

Taking liberties and editing some of the tension and grunt of its original source material, David Benioff's screenplay is a little too slick and clean obviously attempting to make it more palatable but sadly letting the film down.

Unclear of its demographic, it is paced slowly for the mature viewer but angled towards the younger demographic by its casting and the ever present feeling of Hollywood's war propaganda machine.

The extremely strong performances are what make this film enjoyable. Gyllenhaal is vulnerable yet commanding as Tommy, Portman is correctly balanced, emotional without being hysterical, and Shepherd is brittle yet dignified. Both child actors Geare and Madison were simply sensational and gave the film its needed heart.

Maguire's deliberately stiff and twitchy Sam sadly suffers greatly from Benioff's editing. With little time initially to adequately endear audiences, his performance as a fractured character is lackluster. Sam/Maguire's tormented crescendo is dreadfully anticlimactic in comparison to some of the powerful and poignant scenes delivered by Portman and Gyllenhaal.

The Verdict: The idea that "There are two sides to every family" is clearly defined. Two brothers. Two personalities. Two lives. Two hearts. Two minds is what resonates when reviewing this film; was it enjoyable or just watchable?

Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 26/03/2010
March 24, 2010
I think it deserves to be called another performance "gem" for Natalie Portman, Toby Maguire, and Jake Gyllenhall. It felt longer than it should due to some throwaway scenes. However, the portrayal of the family tension (especially between the father and his sons), the brutality of a wartime hostage situation and the dealings with PTSD felt authentic.
½ February 4, 2016
Seen it Virginia, good flick for sure. You'll like it.
March 25, 2014
Tobey Maguire is excellent, and both Portman and Gyllenhaal were good as well. Despite an unremarkable and rather slow pace, the film is pleasantly powerful. I did have issues with is unsatisfactory ending, as it does not actually tie in the entire plot.
August 19, 2012
Brothers has a few interesting elements and good acting from its stars, but ultimately it is a dry, somber and cliche film about the horrors of war and the impact on family.
July 13, 2014
Brothers é um tipo raro de filme; com um alto grau de realidade, nunca se conforma com pouco é um filme sobre momentos, não de eventos. O roteiro de David Benioff apresenta a dor familiar de forma artisticamente brutal. O Diretor Jim Sheridan cria uma mina que emana grandes interpretações e nunca cai para um melodrama. Tobey Maguire interpreta o capitão Sam Cahill, um soldado com uma esposa amorosa chamada Grace ( Natalie Portman ) e duas filhas lindas (Bailee Madison e Taylor Geare). Antes de partir para sua última temporada no Afeganistão, ele pega seu irmão Tommy ( Jake Gyllenhaal ) na prisão, onde ele recentemente passou algum tempo por assalto à mão armada. Tommy não tem interesse real em desmentir-se como ovelha negra da família, um soldado e capelão do exército chegam até Grace com a notícia de que seu marido morreu a serviço de seu país. Tommy inicia um romance com Grace e tudo começa a ficar dramatico quando na verdade Sam esta vivo. Você pode até mesmo ser capaz de prever o que acontece, mas eu duvido que você seria capaz de adivinhar como, e você certamente não seria capaz de prever a execução desses momentos. Maguire tem uma atuação majestosa, digna de Óscar e é auxiliado por Sam Shepard, Clifton Collins, Jr., Mare Winningham e Taylor Geare. Brothers é sutil e silencioso, e inesperado. Lidar com a dor é universal, e isso raramente é feito com bom gosto ou como verdade, pode não ter ganhado o Oscar mas ganhou meu coração.
November 7, 2015
At the heart of its compelling, yet predictable story, the impactful performances from the lead actors succeed in making Brothers and powerful and effective drama. In the end the truth will set you free!
September 22, 2015
Only Gyllenhaal's portrait make us live in the movie else, we are completely lost.
May 15, 2015
It's a melodrama with a twist. The added element of PTSD make this movie more than a boring, average melodrama. What also elevates this movie are its FANTASTIC performances from Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, and especially Tobey Maguire. This movie surprised me in many ways, especially in its final act where Maguire proves he is a truly underrated actor. It's no masterpiece, but it's worth watching for the performances alone. 8/10
July 24, 2015
As much as I love Gyllenhaal and Maguire, this movie lacks a realistic plot, lacks quality acting, and tortures us for the sake of nothing.
There were some solid messages here and there about family and post war mentality, but not good enough to cover the flaws in this movie.
½ August 5, 2015
What I loved about this film was how emotionally attached I became to the characters. I wanted every single one of them to find happiness and peace. Tobey's performance was heart-wrenching. Gyllenhaal's character's emotional transition with himself and the family was exquisite to watch. It is saddening to see and understand how psychologically damaged the men and women fighting in our armed forces can become.
½ May 20, 2015
This being a war movie I expected more and since there wasn't a whole lot of war aspects In the film I expected more drama, which there wasn't a whole lot of. But I was still happy with the performances and the overall story. I expected more stuff to happen over the course of the whole movie but I was ok with the final product.
½ July 20, 2015
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½ July 19, 2015
Powerful, vibrant, and tightly-executed, Brothers serves as a great testament of Jake Gyllenhaal's acting abilities while simultaneously begging the question as to why Tobey Maguire has faded into the shadows of Hollywood as of late. Brothers doesn't feel fresh or original because it isn't, but the lead performers draw every bit of emotion out of the subject to highlight the powerful message that lies beneath, doing so in a sadly straightforward manner. It moves but never strides, oppresses but never overwhelms, and encourages without ever convincing, and with a less-than-satisfying conclusion, the melodramatic tone of its subtle pacing comes across as overbearing and consequently, disappointing. Nonetheless, it is impossible to resist the gripping pull of emotion that exudes from every corner of the performances on display that truly cause the viewer to sympathize with the film's familiar theme and in the end this factor alone makes Brothers watchable throughout and harrowing in its lasting linger.
July 15, 2015
Feels like a very safe and by the books movie.
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