it is finally so absorbing because it plays like a lyrical road odyssey that’s also a detective story.
At first rather annoying in its heavy emphasis on reenactments, this movie ultimately proves fascinating, simply because the complicated, highly dramatic tale it tells still almost defies belief.
It's the kind of movie you'll want to see a second time with someone who hasn't seen it yet, to remember what it was like to watch it for the first time.
Brothers is a movie that thinks of itself as a complex drama when in reality it is a simple story being told in such a pretentious way that it becomes incompetent. I am stunned that people liked this over dramatic, over acted, and horribly directed crap. Everything in the film is either average or below. It honestly feels as though it tried to hard to be bigger then it was1/10
Brothers (2009): Dir: Jim Sheridan / Cast: Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Patrick Flueger, Sam Shepard: This is the film that the dreadful piece of sh*t Pearl Harbor failed to be. It stars Tobey Maguire as a soldier stationed in Afghanistan and the nightmare for which he endured that will forever scar his life. He was believed dead. He has a wife and two daughters as well as a brother who just got released from prison for armed robbery and is trying to redirect his life by helping his brother's family through this trying time. While an affair between his wife and brother is hinted director Jim Sheridan deals with it in a respectable way as oppose to the Michael Bay bullshit where this was exploited. Maguire delivers one of his greatest performances as someone who left as a family man until the tortures of war drew him into a forced repulsive act that drives him to guilt and near madness upon his return. Natalie Portman as his wife struggles to deal with his sudden change and after a crisis that draws police, she will learn the reason for his actions. Jake Gyllenhaal as his brother struggles for acceptance while dealing with jealousy. Patrick Flueger plays Maguire's fellow soldier and friend and the reason for his trauma. Sam Shepard plays the stern father of the two boys and whose attitude poises tension. Theme regards the strength of family in the face of tragedy. Score: 10 / 10
Backtracking my IMDb profile is likely to lead you to reviews that are well structured and written with the critical analysis of a few days. This review however is something that I am typing nearly shivering , moments after watching this progressive direction and impeccable performance. Now this is an unconventional review , but bear with me as I will clearly explain why this is an under-rated gem you must watch right away if you didn't. First thing of the bat let me start by saying that this movie is not something that will be known for it's story. Being a re-make it has it's own flaws , in fact the almost perfect 10 score is nowhere placed for it's story as it is probably a generic war hero story of a scarred marine we have watched a million times. In fact this movie is more of Tom Hank's Cast away that shows more of Tom Hanks after coming back home.You might have noticed that my review started with me stating that I was moved by Impeccable performance and not performances. The cast is just superb , all the way from Jake to the small girls who portrayed the traumatised and puzzled kids. But one man who rose from the potentially overshadowing cast is Toby Maguire. Let me assure you , that this is probably his best performance of his career. Coming hot out of a comic book character , Toby has proved himself to be a character that can physically and mentally morph himself to produce magic on screen. The entire movie is his transformation , it is him breaking down , it is him trying to fix a part of himself that can never be undone. The last 30 minutes of this movie is a testament to my belief in Toby. And the last 10 minutes of the movie is probably where he will force you to nearly break down. I almost did , and that hasn't happened in a very long time.But what is performance without a boss behind the camera. Jim Sheridan might be the one known for his work in other titles like " In America " and " The Boxer " , but he has done a brilliant job in making this movie not just a drama but an atmospheric thriller. Without spoiling much , there is a scene towards the end that has an intense buildup , for 5 minutes that leads to a brilliant pay off. The camera has quick , nimble switches , some characters focused , some made to hide themselves , to symbolize hidden emotions. Every minute detail of this movie , all the way from substantial lighting to tonal shifts , Jim has done a beautiful job at creating a fractured and wounded universe , which in conjunction with the acting resonates to give a message , strong and sharp.Looking at the cast of the movie it's hard to believe how Nightcrawler's Jake , Black Swan's Portman , and the right stuff's Sam had nearly little but equally important roles to play where the sleeper hero Toby just manages to steal the show and knock it off the park. You might just think " I am high of my popcorn " but this my genuine expression. There hasn't been a movie this intriguing in a very long time that has pursued me to open my laptop right away and write this extra ling review. It's been 6 years since this movie has been out and this is my second viewing. So let this review be a reminder that the movie stood good then , now and will grow on you to be much better, as time passes by.
Films like "Brothers" that deal more with the trauma faced by soldiers after their battles are usually more powerful than those that center around the actual war. Director Jim Sheridan does a marvelous job bringing three-dimensional characters to life in a story that is impossible to turn away from. Toby Maguire gives one of the best performances of all time as Sam Cahill, a solider who gets sent to Afghanistan and goes missing. The devastating news is heard by his lovely wife Grace (Natalie Portman) and his underachieving brother Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal). Tommy steps up and becomes a father figure to his nieces and becomes close with with Grace. When Sam returns home, everyone is extremely happy to see him. The hardest part of "Brothers" are the scenes involving Sam's PDS. Maguire's acting is amazing and powerful. Whenever he steps on the screen he dominates the shot with his rich facial expressions and audacious actions. His Oscar snub is the most unfortunate to date in my mind. There's a lot of interesting connections between all the members of the Cahill family that give a great dramatic effect. The story mainly focuses on the relation between Sam and Tommy due to them both facing similar situations. They each fight their own wars in life. Gyllenhaal and Maguire capture the emotional changes in their characters very well. The script by David Benioff is one of the most powerful stories imaginable. It focuses more on how overwhelming experiences destroy lives than on the actual experiences themselves. The dialogue shared between the characters is either very realistic or uncomfortable to handle due to the intensity it will lead to. "Brothers" is more of a family struggles film than a war film. One thing Jim Sheridan does meticulously is make the most high-powered scenes inside Sam's house. We get a perfect balance of seeing the Cahill family before and after Sam comes homes to create complex characterization and almost never ending conflict. Films like "Brothers" are not typical conflict resolution films. This one is a tragic examination of one of American societies most devastating struggles. You couldn't ask for more talented people to make this gripping film.