College freshman Adam Buckley sits blindfolded in the back of a van outside of a convenience store as the final step of his initiation into the Sigma Zeta Chi fraternity. Minutes later he finds himself dealing with the fact that a fellow-pledge just got shot while doing it. Frank, the senior fraternity brother in charge of the night's events, is able to get the injured pledge out of the store alive, but the fraternity's troubles are just beginning. Thinking they can get out of the situation without taking the pledge to a hospital, Frank decides the group will handle things themselves. But when every move is met with disaster, Adam must find it within himself to go against Frank and his new brothers in order to save his friend's life. -- (C) Phase 4 … More
- R (for pervasive language, some violence and sexual content)
- Mystery & Suspense , Drama
- Directed By:
- Will Canon , Wayne Rose
- Written By:
- Douglas Simon , Will Canon , Doug Smith Producer: Simon Groom
- In Theaters:
- Feb 18, 2011 Limited
- On DVD:
- May 17, 2011
- Box Office:
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Critic Reviews for Brotherhood
Leanly scripted, directed for maximum tension, fast-moving and filled with a surprising amount of droll humor.
"Brotherhood" isn't badly acted or without some skillfully tense moments, but it doesn't have much in the way of entertainment value either.
Viewers get paddled into submission in this strident frat-house thriller.
Despite a running time of less than 70 minutes (minus the credits), still outstays its welcome.
...a passable thriller [that is] disappointingly uninvolving for the duration of its refreshingly brief running time.
Brotherhood has its faults -- the plot unravels a fair bit -- but the Tarantino homage is reasonable and the nightmarish atmosphere well maintained, with bizarre black-comic jolts.
Like its characters, Brotherhood is not a perfect film, but it's a highly effective, jolting and dark ride that plays especially well with an audience.
Here's a tough, twisty, relentlessly paced little indie in which a college frat hazing looks pretty much like a gang initiation.
As aggressively unpleasant as the movie often is to watch, the quality of Brotherhood's badness throws the viewer clear, marking it as spectacle -- one notch below ordeal
The obvious motif of victory and power becomes the steroids to Brotherhood's raging physicality.
Just a variant on the old chestnut about a fraternity initiation gone terribly wrong...but told so tautly that you're swept up in it nevertheless.
The film's self-conscious brand of imitation Tarantino was already stale over a decade ago. It's no better now.
Doesn't make much of an impression past a few visceral flashes of conflict, with the majority of the film a frustrating sit that seems to drag on far longer than its 70-minute-long running time.
We can't say enough great things about this terrific debut and how well it plays even on repeat viewings when you know where things are going.
It exposes the snobbery, racism and macho idiocy encouraged by fraternities.
You are more likely to be scoffing than biting your nails at this theatrical little effort.
The number of coincidences... required to motivate all the story's twists and turns is a little too great to be plausible - but Canon never pauses for breath or allows even a moment for reflection, editing his scenes with a rapid-fire staccato
Audience Reviews for Brotherhood
I thought it was pretty good. It was so damn fast though. The pacing was lightning quick. I barely knew any of the characters and already people were getting beat up and shot. None of the characters were developed at all. The action was nice, and it had its suspenseful moments. I would've liked the pacing to slow down though. The things that happened were so outrageously unbelievable, I needed some time to catch up. Fifty things were going on at the same time, it was hard to keep up.
Other than the craziness, it was a pretty decent film. It was really short though; I wasn't expecting that.
A very well done film that kind of went too far, I think. The problem with this movie is that most of the characters are incredibly stupid, and annoying to the point that I was actually getting tired of the whole thing after the first hour. A chain reaction of one terribly bad decision after another was the whole premise of this film. I wish that they would have cut out a couple of those bad decisions a little earlier than they did. Know when to call it quit guys. Geez!More
Cast: Trevor Morgan, Jon Foster, Lou Taylor Pucci, Arlen Escarpeta, Jesse Steccato, Jennifer Sipes, Luke Sexton, Chad Halbrook, Preston Vanderslice, Tyler Corie
Director: Will Canon
Summary: Adam Buckley, a young collegiate whose last night of pledging for a fraternity takes an ominous turn. When he's ordered to hold up a convenience store as part of his initiation, Adam complies, but after everything goes wrong, he must find the courage to help a friend.
My Thoughts: "A much better film then I had anticipated. This is a good example of how easily these types of pranks can go wrong and just how stupid they are. The movie is fast paced, which leaves no time to be bored. The movie keeps you in suspense to what will happen next. There are a few twists which keeps it more interesting. The hazing goes a little far in the film and of course it also happens in real life in these fraternity houses. But this film shows you just how bad it can get in just one night. Definitely worth seeing."
- Put your fucking gun down, Frank. The Gun isn't point to you!
- There's only one story.
- I'll go to jail, I don't fucking care!
- Brother or bitch? What you're gonna be?
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