Action / Drama / Romance / Thriller / War

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 64%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 62%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 119723


Uploaded By: OTTO
May 15, 2012 at 07:59 PM



Jake Gyllenhaal as Tommy Cahill
Tobey Maguire as Capt. Sam Cahill
Yousuf Azami as Taliban Leader
Jeremiah Bitsui as Cop #2
700.45 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 45 min
P/S 43 / 71

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 9 / 10

A side of war we just don't see often enough in films.

Most war films, particularly those made decades ago, glorify war and seldom, if ever, talk about the true cost. Think about's hard to imagine John Wayne or Jimmy Stewart breaking down and sobbing after a battle! But there is a reality to war, the psychological trauma, that just isn't talked about enough...especially since it doesn't just hurt the soldier but their families as well.

In "Brothers", the film begins with a real black/white situation. There are two brothers...a good, honorable one and the other a jerk who's just gotten out of jail. But life is rarely black and white...and over time, the 'bad brother' (Jake Gyllenhaal) manages to do something with his life while the 'good one' (Toby McGuire) goes off to war and it emotionally damaged to such a point that he's a danger to his family.

This is a tough film to watch. If you've been through war or had family members affected by PTSD, this film might even be tougher to the point where you might want to watch this with someone and have some Kleenex handy. But I think this is a good thing. The film is wonderfully crafted and acted...but brings attention to our veterans and their plights.....plights which are certainly understandable considering what they've been through. A very good film...well worth seeing.

By the way, this is a remake of a Danish film...which I have not seen but plan to see.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 8 / 10

some great acting

Marine Capt. Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) is going to Afganistan on another tour leaving behind his wife Grace (Natalie Portman) and their two young daughters. He picks up his brother Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal) getting out of prison after serving his time for armed robbery. The family gathers for a dinner before Sam leaves. Tommy fights with their military father Hank (Sam Shepard). The family is stunned when Sam is reported killed in a helicopter crash. In reality, he's been captured by the Taliban along with Private Joe Willis. At home, Tommy cleans up his act while getting closer to Grace. Captivity turns horrific and when Sam is rescued, he returns home psychologically damaged.

This cast is stacked and they all bring it. Director Jim Sheridan is able to nurture some amazing work especially from Tobey Maguire. Portman, Gyllenhaal, Shepard, and even little Bailee Madison show their acting muscles. The story does feel a little melodramatic like a broad Greek tragedy. That's par for the course. This is big time acting.

Reviewed by Hitchcoc 8 / 10

Heart Wrenching

I have the great fortune to have never had to be in the situation these men find themselves. I think the movie's strength is in showing us what war can be and what a tortured soul can be. Some have said what they would do in this circumstance. Perhaps some would have been dead heroes. This guy wasn't. He ultimately succumbed and paid a tremendous price. The movie wasn't meant to be a John Wayne thriller where a man walks through a hundred machine guns trained on him. It is about someone locked in a hole for months and it's about what could happen to (has happened to) people like him. I do agree that the military would have intervened with psychological counseling and debriefing before sending the young man home again. Nevertheless, if you believe that this kind of resolution is possible then the acting and directing are really very good.

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