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He's not heavy, he's my brother." Song lyrics

  • Sep 10, 2012
A woman is in a convenient store apparently at the wrong moment. Two men rob the store, then kill the employee and then her.

She is the mother of four adopted sons. When no one else wanted these boys, she took them in and gave them love and lessons on life. Two of her sons are black and two are white.

The action takes place in Detroit, Michigan and we see Mark Wahlberg and his brothers at their mother's funeral. Terrence Howard plays the police detective who is sympathetic and is trying to find the killers.

When the police investigation doesn't seem to be making progress, the brothers decide to do things their way, ruthlessly and without pause.

The action is non-stop as we learn that there was something else behind the convenience store robbery and the brothers act together in finding the killer and those who may have hired them.

Excellent suspense and a fine acting job by Wahlberg and Terrence Howard. Excellent photography as we see the dark grey skies of Detroit and the urban decay setting around the city.
He's not heavy, he's my brother.

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Bound by love for their slain adoptive mother, the brothers inFour Brothersform a unique quartet that gives John Singleton's film a razor's edge of redemption. It's a thin edge, to be sure, because while Singleton's urban Western pays homage to the Blaxpoitation films of the '70s (as he did with his remake ofShaft), it walks a fine line of credibility with a mythic vengeance plot (recalling John Wayne's 1965 hitThe Sons of Katie Elder) that endorses violence as the last resort of a family under siege. When a saintly foster mother (Fionnula Flanagan) is gunned down in a convenience store, her only adopted sons (two white, two black, played respectively by Mark Wahlberg, Garrett Hedlund, Tyrese Gibson and Andre Benjamin) go after the killers, only to discover that their mother's death was not a random event. As they uncover a sticky web of criminal activity involving a local kingpin (Chiwitel Ejiofor), the character-driven plot races toward an inevitable showdown, with ex-con Wahlberg leading the way. Making excellent use of blue collar locations in Detroit, Singleton keeps the action moving fast enough that the film's lack of realism is easily ignored, and the well-drawn characters (including Terrence Howard as a tenacious detective) lend emotional dimension to an otherwise familiar revenge scenario.Four Brothersis manipulative, but it's filled with grace notes of rugged working-class humanity, and it definitely holds your attention.--Jeff ...
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Director: John Singleton
Genre: Action
Screen Writer: David Elliot, Paul Lovett
DVD Release Date: December 20, 2005
Runtime: 109 minutes
Studio: Paramount
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