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Brothers (2009 film)

Brothers is a 2009 drama/war film starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman.

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Living in the Shadow of your Brother

  • Dec 9, 2009
It’s been a while since I’ve been to the movies so I thought I indulge in a film that I knew would be intense.  I figured I couldn’t go wrong with a film starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman.  Right off the bat I have to say the trailer makes you think this movie is a cross between, Jarhead, in that it deals with Marines, Pearl Harbor, because the “dead soldier” is never really dead and come back home, and Psycho, nice guy goes nuts killing everybody.  Well, that not exactly what happens. 

The movie tells the story of two brothers who are different in their walks of life.  One is a Marine who was a great athlete, has a family and everyone loves him and the other brother is a kind of dead beat who just got out of prison.  The Marine, played by Tobey Maguire, ends up having to go to Afghanistan to fight in the war. While at war he is thought to have been killed, this is actually not the case. Everyone back home thinks he is dead and you follow the story of how his family copes with his death and how he deals with trying to get home.

Once he finally does get home he has major issues due to certain events that has happened to him while in Afghanistan.  There are situations where he has flashbacks, freaks out a bit and even thinks his wife, Natalie Portman, is cheating on him with his brother played by Jake Gyllenhaal . 

In order to not the ruin the film I won’t tell you about the end, but I will say that Brother was a good film. It hits every emotion you have, from happy to sad to scared and so on.  I recommend everyone sees this movie. You don’t have to see it in the theaters, seeing it at home would be good enough.

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March 29, 2010
Solid review without giving too much away. Thanks for the inspiration. I need to add this to my "must review" queue.
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review by . March 31, 2010
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   We are all familiar with the stories about the soldiers who return from a war, that they become someone quite different from who they were before. War is hell, and the things soldiers have to go through often test the limits of human endurance. Director Jim Sheridan’s “BROTHERS” is based on the Danish film “Brodre” (2004) by Susanne Bier. The film chronicles the effects of war on the human psyche and how some soldiers may not be able to return to a normal …
review by . July 14, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
   Brothers, a movie about a military family torn apart by a son/husband/brother's disappearance starts strong with a compelling plot.  Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal (with whom she has around 10 times the chemistry as she did with Tobey Maguire) explore the roles of their characters and their taboo romance with a graceful subtlety.  The father-son relationship with Gyllenhaal's character often seems a bit too contrived, with the idea that Gyllenhaal will never achieve …
Quick Tip by . April 11, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A really powerful film showing the affects of war on a family. Maguire and Gyllenhaal are astoundingly good. See it!
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Brothers is a 2009 drama/war film starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman. Directed by Jim Sheridan, the film is based on Susanne Bier's 2004 Danish film Brødre which takes place in Afghanistan and Denmark. Both films take inspiration from Homer's epic poem The Odyssey.

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Director: Jim Sheridan
Genre: Drama
Release Date: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
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