Brothers 2009

Brothers

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It plays more like a traditional melodrama than the Susanne Bier film that inspired it, but Jim Sheridan's Brothers benefits from rock-solid performances by its three leads.

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Siblings Sam (Tobey Maguire) and Tommy Cahill (Jake Gyllenhaal) are as far apart as brothers can be; while Sam serves his country as a Marine, Tommy is a drifter who just got out of prison. When Sam is shot down and presumed dead in Afghanistan, Tommy vows to take care of Sam's wife, Grace (Natalie Portman), and his children. Tommy and Grace become close, and when Sam unexpectedly returns home, the consequences of their actions threaten the foundation of the entire family.

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  • Oct 01, 2013
    An incredibly powerful and heart wrenching drama, thanks to the amazing and beautiful performances of the 3 main leads - Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal, and the great supporting cast. The film comes to an emotional climax that is so electrifying, leaving one deeply drawn into the lingering emotional exhaustion so well delivered by Tobey Maguire.
    Chrisanne C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2013
    In this movie, Tobey Maguire doesn't look old enough (or hot enough) to be Natalie Portman's husband. Also this is not 1950.Jake Gyllenhaal should do more than just "kiss" Natalie Portman. Come on, Hollywood!
    Juli R Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2012
    I can't even imagine being Sam Cahill and going through what he did. This is a powerful movie and necessarily is left unfinished.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2012
    Excellent. I didn't think I would enjoy this film, but I ended up loving it. It was great from beginning to end, and every cast member is just perfect. Gyllenhaal and Portman both give great performances, and Tobey Maguire pulls off the best performance of his career, bringing out emotions and playing a character type that was otherwise foreign to him before this film...and totally makes up for Emo-Peter in Spider Man 3.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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