Brothers: DVD Review
Released by Roadshow
Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman star in this war drama about the
bonds of a family and the horror of war.
is Captain Sam Cahill who's embarking on a fourth tour of duty in Afghanistan,
leaving his wife (Portman) and daughters behind. Just before he heads off,
Gyllenhaal's Tommy comes out of jail and attempts an uneasy return to the
However, Sam asks Tommy to look after the
family while he's away - unfortunately Sam's shot down in Afghanistan and the
family is ripped asunder.
Based on a Danish film
of the same name, Brothers is quite a traditional melodrama which is a little
slow to get going but thanks to the captivating and gripping performances of the
main trio involved, it becomes a movie which you can't tear your eyes from
towards the end.
While Gyllenhaal and Portman have
an easy chemistry - it's Tobey Maguire who really layers on the textured
performance and easily captures the horror of war and the psychological effects
of the trauma long after leaving the conflict.
Extras: A doco about the director Jim Sheridan, how
the film was made for America, and a trailer