A very disappointing remake of a wonderful work by Susanne Bier. The narrative structure is so rushed there's no time to catch your breath..and suddenly the subject matter has already been reflected upon and the end credits abruptly appear. There is such a build-up in its first act for a film who worked out its final act with just a few insignificant frames. P.S. In a film with these two, why is Maguire the marine?
Tobey Maguire carries this film. He skillfully pulled off some incredibly intense scenes that made me forget I was watching a movie. The chemistry between Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal was unfortunately lacking and the "back at home" storyline didn't seem to find it's comfort zone. Could have been better, but is very watchable mainly because Maquire's performance is so good.
I don't understand why MUBI and, in general, American remakes, never mention *anywhere* that they are what they are: a remake. This is a remake of Suzanne Bier's Brodre (2004) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386342/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2. Shouldn't proper credit be given here? If this is common practice, it's ridiculous.
honestly, no one gave time for sam to adjust at all. the little girl was so bratty it actually made her physically ugly. and then what was just as ugly was natalie portman's alligator tears and jake gyllenhaal's acting (which was only slightly better than natalie portman's since she was the worst). what a cheap movie over a serious issue: PTSD. literally, one of the worst movies i've ever seen.
Totally disagree with people who think the acting is good in Brothers. It's like watching Donnie and Spidey argue and it really doesn't work.Very melodramatic. I can only guess from other works by Susanne Bier that her version of Brothers is more subtle and probably better therefore.
A bunch of people will probably say that this is just another melodramatic remake of a (Danish) movie that was originally deeper. However, I still think it turns out better on American ground: it goes simple, yet touching (things that only a U2 soundtrack could put at risk).
All the best scenes are in the trailer. Don't waste your time or money on this cliche of a film. Good acting can't save a paint by numbers script. It also has an abrupt ending that doesn't connect any of the dots. The youngest daughter was wiser than the dopey adults. A preachy melodramatic waste of celluloid. Watch only for the acting.