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Brothers Movie Review: Blood Ties Run Deep
Written by Spling   
Friday, 15 January 2010 14:04

Brothers is a Jim Sheridan film, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire and Natalie Portman. Sheridan’s film career highlights include: My Left Foot and In The Name of the Father, in which he received Oscar nominations for writing and directing. Two films in which prolific Oscar-winning actor, Daniel Day-Lewis stars. However, Brothers is not a Day-Lewis Oscar vehicle and the screenplay is adapted by acclaimed screenwriter David Benioff.

Brothers was inspired by Brødre, a 2004 film by award-winning Danish writer-director, Susanne Bier. The story is about two brothers, Sam (Maguire) is serving his country in Afghanistan and Tommy (Gyllenhaal) is serving parole after a prison sentence. When Sam is left for dead after a helicopter crash, Tommy naturally steps in to comfort Sam’s wife, Grace (Portman) and her two girls in their mourning. However, when Sam returns to suburbia, the ravages of war and his jealousy over Uncle Tommy’s new place in the family seem set to rip the family apart.

Brothers makes a compelling drama with some intense scenes involving the classic lover’s triangle. The film is reminiscent of In The Valley of Elah in the spirit of the performances and the re-integration of marines into white picket fence society. It’s a hard-hitting thriller, which creates tension in the gray area surrounding a family member’s passing and...continued.

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