Brothers – Starring Jake Gyllenhall, Natalie Portman & Tobey Maguire
I really like the look of this, I’m a big fan of Jake Gyllenhall. Reviews have been trickling in all with positive feedback.
Apart from Hurt Locker (one of my films of 2009) I haven’t enjoyed any other films based on, or around the Iraq and Afghanistan conflict, they have seemed to care more about preaching and the politics around the two wars than giving the audience a good honest story, which would have a greater impact in my books, it’s like they’re preaching to the converted, the high majority of people around the world are against both wars. I’m a big fan of war films Apocalypse Now, The Thin Red Line, Platoon, Saving Private Ryan and Full Metal Jacket are amongst some of my favorites
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, the aptly named Grace (Natalie Portman), with whom he has two young daughters. Tommy, his charismatic younger brother, is a drifter just out of jail whos always gotten by on wit and charm. When his Black Hawk helicopter is shot down in the mountains Sam is presumed dead and the Cahill family suddenly faces a shocking void. Tommy tries to fill in for his brother by assuming newfound responsibility for himself, Grace, and the children. In the grief and strangeness of their new lives, Grace and Tommy are naturally drawn together. Their longstanding frostiness dissolves, but both are frightened and ashamed of the mutual attraction that has replaced it.
But Sam is not dead; he and a fellow soldier have been captured by Taliban fighters. In Afghanistans harsh, remote Pamir Mountains, Sam is subjected to traumas that threaten to rob him of his very humanity. At the same time that Sams sense of self is being destroyed overseas, Tommys self-image is strengthening at home. When Sam unexpectedly returns to the States, a nervous mood settles over the family. Sam, uncharacteristically withdrawn and volatile, grows suspicious of his brother and his wife. Their familiar roles now nearly reversed, Sam and Tommy end up facing the ultimate physical and mental challenge when they confront each other. In the shifting family dynamics, who will dominate?
Directed by six-time Oscar® nominee Jim Sheridan (IN AMERICA, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER), BROTHERS tells the compelling tale of how two brothers come to terms with issues of love, loyalty, and manhood—and with the woman caught between them.
Coming to US theaters December 4th, 2009 and the 22nd of January 2010 in the UK
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