BROTHERS starring Tobey Macguire, A Cinema Static Review

by on April 11, 2010

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Brothers with Natalie Portman and Tobey Maguire

Brothers starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman, was a movie that develops through a slow but rich build up through the movie that creates one heck of an emotional impact.

If you haven’t seen it, there are some outline spoilers included but I try to skim details to leave the experience of the story intact.

Brothers with Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal

We’re initially treated to the Cahill family dynamics, that then becomes a story of the capture of Capt Sam Cahill in Afghanistan, played by Tobey Maguire and we watch as his brother, “Uncle Tommy” (Jake Gyllenhaal) helps watch over Sam’s wife, Grace (Natalie Portman) and kids as everyone deals with the presumed death of Sam.

During his period of MIA, Sam endures the horrors of enemy capture and torture. No one knows he’s still alive and what he endures and is forced to do takes its toll on him.

Brothers with Natalie Portman and Tobey Maguire

When he gets rescued and returns home, his ordeal has affected him more than he knows. It starts to have ramifications on his family life as his entire family starts to walk on eggshells worried as he deteriorates while trying to come back into the civilian life, all the while, the guilt of his actions finally force a life altering event for everyone involved.

My Thoughts after the fact on the movie Brothers:

The movie ends in such a way that it leaves Capt Sam Cahill’s fate to your imagination and is done very well.

I’ve seen Maguire in the Spider-Man franchise and as a jockey in Seabiscuit. His portrayal of Cahill is a powerful experience that you won’t forget. Maguire fit into this role as if he were born for it and plays it with incredible conviction.

Brothers is part war movie, part family relationships movie, part emotional journey movie for all involved, incuding this viewer.

I don’t think you’d be disappointed renting this movie that has come to On Demand / Pay per View.

After just over 12,000 votes on IMDb, Brothers has an average score just over 7 (of 10).

Cinema Static gives Brothers an 8 out of 10. I found myself being pulled along and suffering with Cahill, and once he came home, being afraid for Sam and his family.

Brothers on Amazon

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