If a hundred years of cinematic history have taught us anything about combat, it’s that war is hell. Brothers
is one of those movies that wants to make sure we understand how returning from that hell can be even more difficult that living in it.
Jim Sheridan’s film, adapted from Susanne Bier’s 2004 movie, tells a melodramatic tale we’ve seen many times before. Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) has orders to ship out for yet another tour of duty in Afghanistan. But before he leaves his supportive wife, Grace (Natalie Portman), and his two elementary-school-age daughters, Sam picks up his black sheep brother, Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal), who has finished ...