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BROTHERS

"Brothers" tells the powerful story of two siblings, thirty-something Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) and younger brother Tommy Cahill (Jake Gyllenhaal), who are polar opposites. A marine about to embark on his fourth tour of duty, Sam is a steadfast family man married to his high school sweetheart, Grace, with whom he has two young daughters. Tommy, his charismatic younger brother, is a drifter just out of jail who`s always gotten by on wit and charm. Shipped out to Afghanistan, Sam is presumed dead when his Black Hawk helicopter is shot down in the mountains. At home in suburbia, the Cahill family suddenly faces a shocking void, and Tommy tries to fill in for his brother by assuming newfound responsibility for himself, Grace, and the children.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 21 Jan 2010
Genre: Drama / War
Running Time: 1 Hour 55 Minutes
Distributor: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire
Director: Jim Sheridan
Format: NA

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Watch this if you liked: “Pearl Harbor”, “Brødre”, “Atonement”

Wartime family melodrama comes to blows in Jim Sheridan's remake of Susanne Bier's "Brødre" (2004). Both these directors have made some pretty impressive emotionally-charged films e.g. Sheridan with "In The Name Of The Father" (1993) and Bier with "After The Wedding" so it comes as no surprise then that this is a comfortable Americanisation of the Danish original, especially with the outstanding turns by its three main leads Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire and Natalie Portman.

"Brothers" make the back-from-the-dead soldier dilemma you saw in "Pearl Harbor" look tame, when Ben Affleck returned to find his best friend Josh Hartnett and his bride Kate Beckinsale a new item! This is still a very mainstream approach in discussing the emotional after-horrors of war but like Sheridan's other works, there is a level of intimacy in his films that you don't normally find in big pictures that star popular actors.

Here, the remarkable acting by Jake Gyllenhaal as an ex-con loverboy and Natalie Portman as the embattled housewife is only superceded by Tobey Maguire as a model Marine, husband and father who descends into a PTS hell after witnessing some pretty nasty stuff in Afghanistan. This gnarling display of psychotic paranoia by a guy we know as friendly Spidey has earned him a deserved Golden Globe nomination. He even starved himself to look so thin for the role! Child actors Bailee Madison and Taylor Grace Geare who play the daughters also turn in an above average performance that is indicative of just how much Sheridan wanted to get this right.

You can look forward to Sheridan's upcoming picture, "Emerald City", about the Irish-run criminal underworld in Hell's Kitchen, New York City. Meanwhile, nobody will ever mess with Tobey Maguire again.


Cinema Online, 03 March 2010
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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