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At first glance, you may be tempted to pass right by the new drama Brothers, which opens in theaters tomorrow.
The storyline sounds a little bleak, where two brothers fall on opposite sides of life. Older brother Sam (Tobey Maguire) is a steadfast family man married to a wonderful woman (Natalie Portman) and father of two great girls, and is a Marine who is headed back for another tour of duty. Younger brother Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal) is charismatic, but hasn't made much of his life, and is just getting out of prison when his brother is shot down and presumed dead.
In the aftermath, Tommy steps up and tries to fill a void left by his brother by assuming newfound responsibility for himself, Grace, and the children. In the grief and strangeness of their new lives, Grace and Tommy are naturally drawn together.
But, Sam is not dead; he and a fellow soldier have been captured by Taliban fighters. When Sam unexpectedly returns to the States, he grows suspicious of his brother and his wife. Their familiar roles now nearly reversed, Sam and Tommy end up facing the ultimate physical and mental challenge when they confront each other.
According to James Berardinelli, our Featured Movie Critic, the movie contains strong performances by Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, and Sam Shepard and while it uses the Gulf War as a backdrop, it doesn't use it as a crutch or use the movie as a pulpit to preach against the current war. Check out the Reviews page for his and other reviews worth reading.
The movie opens in theaters tomorrow, so you can find showtimes and buy your tickets in advance. Then, be sure to come back and write a Reader Review and let everyone know what you thought of the movie!
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