Brothers (2009)

“I dunno who said “only the dead have seen the end of war”. I have seen the end of war. The question is, can I live again? ” – Sam Cahill

Number of Times Seen – Twice (11 Jan 2010 and 5 Dec 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Two estranged brothers are reunited and when one goes off to war, the other takes care of his family, causing much jealousy.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had much more hope for given its stellar cast.

Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal are all great actors, but this story feels too much like a soap opera than something more powerful.

The characters all seem like caricatures and it’s quite hard to care about any of them because there is no real emotion coming out of anything they do or say.

The message of the story about the horrors of war and PTSD is great to see even if they never quite manage to present it in a more stable and engaging way.

The love triangle aspect of the story is far too choppy and superficial for its own good and never really reels the viewer in to want to care about how things move along.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jake Gyllenhaal learned of the death of his close friend Heath Ledger while he was in the middle of shooting a scene for this film. Gyllenhaal immediately walked off set, and returned to finish the scene two days later. He then took a longer bereavement leave before he was ready to continue with the rest of his scenes. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)


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