'Brothers' has to be one of the most emotionally powerful movies I have ever had the pleasure of watching. It really brings home the horror of war, and the emotional turmoil that it brings upon the families of those involved. I have always liked Jake Gyllenhaal as an actor, but I have never really thought of Toby Maguire as anything more than competent. But his performance in 'Brothers' is nothing short of breathtaking, especially the last 30 minutes of the movie. I defy anyone with a brain and a heart, not to be totally enthralled in this movie.
This movie for me was really emotional , its goes to show how war can affect ones mind , for me the story of the movie its strong point , the acting is very top notch , tobey finally shows he can act but still shows his down side in a few scenes but that aside very well acted , Jake was the one that stood out the most and the little girl was fantastic and acting For it lost the star as the brothers relationship was not build up enough but a very powerful movie and a must watch.
'sam' ( toby maguire ) is a happily married man living with his wife and two girls, he is also a soldier.
'tommy' ( jake gyllenhaal ) is 'sam's' brother who has in truth lived in the shadow of his more successful brother , he's just been released from jail.
'sam' is about to do a tour of duty in 'afghanistan' he promises his eldest daughter that he will be home for her birthday.
in 'afghanistan' the chopper he's in is shot down....his wife is told that he's dead.
over a period of time his brother seems to be taking over his family duties, could it be that 'tommy' see's himself as a replacement ?
meanwhile 'sam' 'alive' has been taken captive, when eventually rescued will what he's been through change him forever.
when he returns home he finds it difficult to adjust and forget the trauma he's suffered.
is there light at the end of the tunnel, or is there substance in his worst fears ?
a credible performance from the lead actors present a filn worth at least a watch.