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"Brothers" tells the story of two siblings, 30-something Captain Sam Cahill and younger brother Tommy Cahill, who are polar opposites. A Marine about to embark on his fourth tour of duty, Sam is a...  View more >

Starring Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire...  View more >

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Dec 17, 2009
A powerful drama told brilliantly, making it one of the best dramas in years. Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal are brothers with different background. Mcguire plays a marine and a family man, Gyllenhaal plays a trouble maker who who is haterd by his family. when Maguire was killed in Afganistan,(or so we know) Gyllenhaal took over for Maguire. When he was found and he come home, the roles are in reverse. I can't give away the ending. You should check out this movie for yourself. I like the performance from all three principal performers. especially Tobey Mcguire who can do more than play Spider-Man. Natalie Portman is brilliant as the woman who came between the men in her life.
Mar 25, 2010
This is a tense drama that features some great performances from well-known actors.

The movie is anchored by Natalie Portman, as the wife of a fallen soldier and mother of two children that must deal with the grief of her loss while providing a stable and loving home environment for her daughters. Fortunately, Portman has the ability to carry this movie with a skill we haven't seen in her performances for quite a while (few recent roles have been meaty enough to show the ability and talent that impressed audiences pre-Star Wars).

Likewise, Jake Gyllenhaal gives an effective performance as he carries his character's arc from aimless loser to loving family member. Tobey Maguire did a very good job as well, but he is so recognizable for another role, that every time I saw him on screen, I kept thinking "Peter Parker," which is a shadow that is going to take him some time from which to emerge.

These performances take a powerful story and engage the viewer into the fates of everyone involved, from the three primary characters, right down to the extended family members affected by what's happening. Just when you think it's going down a too-familiar path, the story goes in a better direction than you expected, which speaks equally about the skill of the filmmakers and the expectations that so many other lesser movies have created.

While "The Hurt Locker" may have won the Best Picture honors for 2009, I think that "Brothers" is a better movie about the effects of war on the people that fight it as well as those they leave behind. I cared very little about any of the characters in The Hurt Locker, but very much about nearly every character in Brothers.

That to me, is the mark of a good movie.

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