Lionsgate/Relativity Media (Michael de Luca, Sigursón
Sighvaysson & Ryan Kavanaugh)
USA 🇺🇸 2009
W: David Benioff [based on the screenplay "Brødre" by Susanne
Bier & Anders Thomas Jensen]
DP: Frederick Elmes
Ed: Jay Cassidy
Mus: Thomas Newman
Tobey Maguire (Capt. Sam Cahill), Natalie Portman (Grace
Cahill), Jake Gyllenhaal (Tommy Cahill), Sam Shepard (Hank Cahill), Mare Winningham (Elsie Cahill)
trio of great performances carry this war drama. At first, I thought Tobey Maguire was miscast as Sam, a marine captain and family man who leaves his wife Grace (Natalie Portman, excellent) and
two young daughters for a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Presumed killed in action, Grace is comforted by Sam's brother
Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal), an ex-convict and the black sheep of the family who ends up proving his true value to the family unit.
Sam is eventually rescued from his imprisonment and returns to
America a changed man.
This could well be Tobey Maguire's finest ever performance and
the movie is very well directed by Jim Sheridan. It's based on a Danish original which I may have to give a watch for comparison.
The triangle itself between Maguire, Portman & Gyllenhaal
isn't too dissimilar to the one in Pearl Harbor, except it isn't Disneyfied. I'd actually say this movie was very similar to a movie from the same year called The Messenger, which I also
thoroughly enjoyed watching.