Brothers (2009) Review


Brothers is a 2009 American psychological drama war film directed by Jim Sheridan and written by David Benioff. A remake of the 2004 Danish film, it follows Captain Sam Cahill (portrayed by Tobey Maguire), a presumed-dead prisoner of the War in Afghanistan who deals with post-traumatic stress while reintegrating into society following his release from captivity.
The film also stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Cahill's brother and Natalie Portman as his wife. Both films take inspiration from Homer's epic poem the Odyssey.
The film received a mixed to positive response and grossed $43 million. Maguire received particular praise for his performance, receiving a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama.
United States Marine Corps captain Sam Cahill is about to embark on his fourth combat deployment. He is a steadfast family man married to his high school sweetheart Grace, and together they raise two young daughters, Isabelle and Maggie.
Sam's brother Tommy is a convicted felon who is released from prison a few days before Sam deploys to Afghanistan in October 2007.
At a family dinner with Tommy and Sam's parents Hank and Elsie, Maggie reveals to Tommy that Grace dislikes him, and Hank insults Tommy for his time in prison and lack of success compared to Sam.
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