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Jim Sheridan's film, adapted from Susanne Bier's 2004 movie, concerns Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire), a Marine who receives orders to ship out for yet another tour of duty in Afghanistan. But before he leaves his supportive wife, Grace (Natalie Portman), and his two elementary-school-age daughters, Sam picks up his black sheep brother, Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal), who has finished a prison stretch for robbing a bank. While overseas, Sam's aircraft gets shot down and he's thought dead. Back home, irresponsible Tommy gets his act together in order to be an anchor for Grace and the girls, and the two grow emotionally -- though not physically -- close. As the family finally begins to make peace with their grief, soldiers rescue POW Sam and he returns home. Sam's experiences overseas have caused him such emotional turmoil, he has a difficult time adjusting to civilian life, and soon his fear and paranoia manifest themselves in the form of jealousy for his brother's relationship with his wife. Sam Shepard and Mare Winningham co-star as the brothers' father and stepmother.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Sam Shepard, Samuel Shepard Rogers, Tobey Maguire, Toby Maguire, Natalie Portman, Clifton Collins, Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his intense story of family conflict is powerful and gripping, an absolutely mesmerizing motion picture experience."
"BROTHERS boasts an impressive cast including Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal as the diametrically opposed siblings, with Natalie Portman as the woman caught between their forceful personalities."
"[I]t renders a convincing portrait of fractured family life and boasts its share of powerfully acted moments..."
3 stars out of 4 -- "Maguire reveals a coiled ferocity and a convincingly unhinged, haunted quality."
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Sheridan and his screenplay sources make BROTHERS much more than a drama about war and marriage. It is about what we can forgive ourselves for..."
"Mr. Sheridan has an especially good touch with children, and the scenes with Ms. Geare and Ms. Madison -- grieving, playing, fussing with each other -- are the finest and truest in the movie."
New York Times
"[Sam Shepard] turns in a fine performance as Sam and Tommy's emotionally distant, Vietnam-veteran father. And Mare Winningham is equally good as his stolid second wife."
3 stars out of 5 -- "[Maguire] gives his al as the traumatised war hero...Portman is convincingly conflicted..."
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he cast performs admirably, Sheridan's gift with actors squeezing terrific performances from Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal."
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