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Genre: Action & Adventure / Theatrical Release: 2005 / Director: John Singleton / Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson ... / DVD released 30 January, 2006 at Paramount Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, Dubbed, PAL

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      28.08.2011 22:26
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      Four determined Brothers

      I recently watched the action film 'Four Brothers' which is about four brothers (obviously) who are looking to avenge their mothers death after she is murdered by a gang in a hold up at a liquer store. Throughout the movie it becomes more apparent that this wasn't a random killing and a case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time and instead it seems there is a motive for their mothers cold blooded murder.

      The Four Brothers in the movie are played by Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Andre Benjamin and Garrett Hedlund. They are four very different characters with contrasting personalities which makes the film all the more watchable. The are of different races because they aren't biological brothers, they were all adopted by the same mother. I don't think the movie would have been as good if it was just a normal family of four biological brothers to be honest, the mixture made it all a lot more exciting.

      There was plenty of action throughout the film as the brothers set out to find those responsible for their mothers murder and along the way they have to fit pieces of the story together to work out the truth behind what happened. The film has very intense moments when it appears that someone very close to them could actually be to blame for their mothers death, you are certainly left to wonder throughout the film what the truth actually is.

      The movie has its emotional moments too and you really feel for the situations that some of the characters find themselves in. What I liked most about the movie was that it didn't drag at all and there was always something happening to keep you intrigued. The acting was good, not groundbreaking, but good all the same - although there were one or two cheesy lines thrown in there. This movie is certainly worth a watch, it's not the best of its kind but it's not bad at all and as I said earlier it is helped by the mixture of different characters and actors.

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      27.02.2010 20:36
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      A good movie if you want to sit and relax, and not concentrate too much.

      What originally focussed my attention to this movie was the great acting lineup for the main characters. Mark Wahlberg, one of my favorite actors, Tyrese Gibson from Fast and the Furious 2 and Andre 3000 from the group Outkast made this a film worth seeing for me.

      The storyline isn't particularly original, being based on a set of 4 delinquent children who have been adopted by a kind and generous woman, who still clearly have their rebelious features. Whose "mother" then gets shot in a gang style shooting at a local grocery store. The brothers, led by Bobby Mercer (Wahlberg) set out to avenge their mothers death and bring the killer to justice themselves, because of a corrupt and failing police department.

      They follow leads, and extract the information they need using fear, guns and pure violence. They eventually find out who is behind the killing and have to decide how to bring down the leader a powerful drug gang who has most of the police on his payroll.

      The story takes a sad turn, when the house comes under attack and the youngest brother is shot and killed. This gives the brothers even more incentive to find the killer.

      The action and comedy in this movie makes it easy watching and thoroughly entertaining. However, the story lacks a real storyline and the acting isn't great for most of the movie, even by the great Wahlberg who is so much better in films such as Shooter, and The Departed.

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      18.02.2010 14:07
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      A good action film

      When Evelyn Mercer is shot dead during a hold-up in a local shop, her four sons, Bobby, Angel, Jeremiah and Jack, are devastated. They were all adopted and the general consensus is that if Evelyn hadn't come into their lives, they would be dead or in prison by now. As it is, they are known for their illegal behaviour on occasion. After the funeral, one of them suggests that they make enquiries and find out who was responsible for the hold-up. Before they know it, they are involved in all-out gun warfare with the local criminal fraternity, as well as having the police on their backs. Can they get to the bottom of Evelyn's death while keeping their own lives at the same time? Or are they doomed to fail?

      Mark Wahlberg plays Bobby and comes across as being the eldest brother who is also the leader. I have been unsure of some of his performances in the past - he has given some dodgy ones, but he impressed me a lot as Bobby. The overall feeling is that, had he not worked hard to bring the brothers together, they would have all gone their separate ways. He certainly cares a great deal for them, especially the youngest, Jack, played by Garrett Hedlund. Unfortunately, Hedlund probably has the smallest role of the brothers, but what we do see of his performance is excellent, and he brings quite a lot of humour to the relationship between the four brothers.

      Tyrese Gibson and Andre Benjamin are also excellent as Angel and Jeremiah. Gibson's Angel initially seems like the 'pussy' of the four - he is hen-pecked and just wants a quiet life. However, the love for his brothers that his adopted mother instilled in him eventually comes to the fore and he proves that he will do anything for him. Benjamin's Jeremiah seems like a much harder case. He is apparently a successful businessman with a nice house, car, wife and children, but there is a little more to him than that. Benjamin handles that well, keeping his character mysterious until over half-way through the film when we begin to see the real side of him. All the actors do a great job at acting like real brothers - although their skin colours are quite different.

      A couple of other actors also deserve a mention. Terrence Howard is great as the 'good detective' who is investigating Evelyn's death and then ends up trying to keep the brothers out of trouble. His partner, the mean Detective Fowler, played by Josh Charles, is a really nasty piece of work, admirably portrayed by Charles. I also loved Sofi, played by Sofia Vergara. She is Angel's girlfriend and certainly has a sharp tongue in her head, almost constantly fighting with the brothers. She is highly entertaining though and I liked the female touch that the character brought. Finally, Chiwetel Ejiofor (the British actor from Kinky Boots) plays the king of the gangsters and is really superb and utterly convincing.

      The emphasis of the film is, from the start, action and violence. It hardly ever stops and it is testament to the skills of the actors that they manage to give their characters some body in between all the action - they really don't have much of an opportunity. Some of the action scenes are great, especially the car chases - I'm not usually impressed by action scenes, but these were excellent. However, it is the fighting - with guns and hands - that is most impressive. There is a great deal of blood spilled, resulting in more than one death, so it is certainly not a film for the weak-stomached. There's a classification of 15 in the UK for this film - I actually expected it to be higher, so parents may want to monitor their children's viewing. There's also a lot of bad language.

      I really enjoyed the story. It is ultimately about revenge, and, having seen any number of revenge films, I wasn't really expecting it to be all that good. However, the script is excellent, the character development is well done for this type of film and there are a couple of twists in the story that prevent it from being as straightforward as I originally thought it was going to be. Best of all is the injection of humour in the relationship with the brothers. This really does lift it above many of its competitors, particularly as it is so convincing. John Singleton made a good decision in keeping the set simple - it is generally filmed either inside or outside the house, or in a white wasteland of snow and ice, which allows the story to be played out without a complicated and distracting background.

      The soundtrack is superb, including tracks by The Temptations, Jefferson Airplane, Marvin Gaye, Kanye West and Willie Hutch, with the softer tracks complimenting the quieter, sadder moments and the louder, more aggressive ones accompanying the more violent moments.

      There are a number of extras with the DVD, primarily a selection of four featurettes, which discuss different aspects of the film - behind the scenes, production and the main shoot-out in particular. They weren't anything out of the ordinary, but are worth a glance if you enjoyed the main feature. Apart from that, there's an audio commentary by the director, John Singleton and a selection of deleted scenes - all of them deleted because they weren't really necessary for the story, so it isn't really necessary to watch them. Finally, there's a trailer.

      This is a violent, action-packed film and won't appeal to everyone. However, for a revenge film, I think there is a good story, the characters are appealing and their interaction is fun to watch, plus the action is well-filmed. It's not the best revenge film I've ever seen, but I'd certainly watch it again and am glad to have it in my DVD collection. By all means watch it if you don't mind violence and bad language - it's worth purchasing, especially if you can get it at a reasonable price. Four stars out of five.

      The DVD is available from play.com for £3.99.

      Classification: 15

      Running time: 109 minutes

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        23.01.2010 11:22
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        Hood movie

        Film Four-and the like-are pretty darn useful these days for seeing those often interesting and intelligent, or sometimes quirky, non mainstream movies you missed first time around, maybe because the DVD didn't show up in Blockbusters or you messed up the recording on the VHS. Four Brothers falls nicely into that category, although minus the intelligent and interesting bit, alas. But the film books liked it so I had to say hi.

        Mark Wahlberg, the star here in this gritty tale of urban revenge on the mean streets of Detroit, is one of those actors that plays likeable blue-collar guys really well and so invites you to watch his movies, his rough and ready look adding an extra dimension to his acting. He's not conventionally good looking but he is kind a cool in that mature way. I have seen him in some under-rated films in recent years and always surprised he isn't lorded more, 'Shooter' and 'Invincible', way better than they are pitched, both on terrestrial TV this week I think. He's just got that everyman appeal and the type of guy pretty girls want to go out with when they can't get the likewise pretty boy, Wahlberg the bloke all boys want to be deep down. As Jack Nicholson said to him on the set of The Departed: 'Kid, you can only last in this business if you got something special to offer, just by being yourself. Imitators don't last, and I'd like you to last.

        Interestingly, three of the actors playing the four brothers in this film are all musicians turned actors: Mark Wahlberg was 'Marky Mark', of course, Tyrese Gibson is the R&B act 'Tyrese', and André Benjamin is that guy from 'OutKast', who played all those versions of himself in that brilliant video. Ironically, the actor who plays the fourth brother, Garrett Hedlund, is a musician in the movie but not in real life although there's still time. At least they are not all idiot rappers you usually get in these gang flicks when the bullets are flying.

        The Plot-

        Mark Wahlberg ... Bobby Mercer
        Tyrese Gibson ... Angel Mercer
        André Benjamin ... Jeremiah Mercer
        Garrett Hedlund ... Jack Mercer
        Terrence Howard ... Lt. Green
        Josh Charles ... Detective Fowler
        Sofía Vergara ... Sofi
        Fionnula Flanagan ... Evelyn Mercer
        Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Victor Sweet
        Taraji P. Henson ... Camille Mercer

        -The Plot-

        Bobby Mercer (Mark Wahlberg) is back in town for a funeral, his beloved foster mom (Fionnula Flanagan) cut down by two black guys in a violent liquor store robbery, only revenge on his and mind. Also at the service are his foster 'brothers', Angel (Tyrese Gibson), Jeremiah (André Benjamin) and Jack (Garrett Hedlund), all very close and in agreement the bad guys have to go. She saved them from a young age from becoming the same guys who would kill defenceless old women and now they will repay her.

        Bobby and the Mercer boys have earnt a reputation in town over the years and the local cops are soon on their backs, Lt Green (Terrence Howard) knowing what's about to hit his patch. The boys are soon on the trail of the killers and heads are getting busted. But things change when it seems there's more to the killing that just a bungled robbery, corrupt cops, politicians and lawyers soon revealed to be involved. And as the body count rises and the mystery and double-crosses intensify for the brothers they soon have to tangle with gang leader Victor Sweet (our very own Chiwetel Ejiofor), who Bobby used to box in the local gyms, both prospects in their day. When Sweets hired goons fail to take Bobby's crew down it's soon all out war on the streets of Detroit.

        -The Conclusion-

        Although not as good as I had hoped, its ok, perhaps more geared to a mainstream audience than the broadsheet reviews suggested. It's a bit too action packed for a street gang revenge flick and it's a period movie set in 1970s Detroit there is a strong Motown soundtrack raging throughout, which for some reason, like the locations, doesn't work to well, even oppressive at times and doesn't seem to put you in 1970s Detroit. Casting a load of pop stars seems to be a commercial option taken and perhaps the reason the movie lost some of its original integrity from what is a reasonable script, changing into a movie for André Benjamin and Tyrese fans because they couldn't cast the big names they wanted.

        Wahlberg is always good and just playing himself is enough for me, he too growing up on similarly tough streets of Boston so right for this, adding authenticity to the role as he too was dragged up in the brownstones and did time for drugs and various petty crimes. Although he regurgitates that roguish charm role he does in many 'street' movies he doesn't quite carry this off to hit the heights as far as Four Brothers goes, almost undecided if it's a tacky trash action movie or an atmospheric and interesting buddy flick. It's basically a cool script but burdened with a bad director and direction. You need an underdog in a movie like this and usually it's the good guys and there doesn't seem to be one here, its fatal flaw. He was on similar territory with his Oscar nominated turn in the equally badly cast 'The Departed', the actors around him just not convincing so the movie not grabbing you.

        The Departed didn't work for me because the idea of a sophisticated Irish crime gang infiltrating the cops and vice versa seemed kind of unlikely and somewhat unnecessary, and there's that same air of far-fetched here. This feels like a 'blackspolitation' B-Movie gone wrong, casting two white brothers and two black brothers going to war with black American gang bangers somehow not likely. It really is Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. It will please someone's pallet but it goes downhill after half way and begins to court a base audience. It's a shame really as no one does gallant loser fighting back against the man as this guy does and this movie was perfect for him, if done correctly.




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          29.11.2009 15:46
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          Decent if unremarkable

          note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room

          Four Brothers was a revenge film released in 2005, and it is a very, very loose remake of the 1965 western The Sons of Katie Elder, with its own unique sensibility supplanted on top. After an elderly woman, Evelyn Mercer, is murdered senselessly in a convenience store during a robbery, her four adoptive brothers return home to get revenge and clean up their town that has become overrun with gangsters and absolutely rife with crime.

          The four brothers - Bobby (Mark Wahlberg), Angel (Tyrese Gibson), Jeremiah (Andre Benjamin) and Jack Mercer (Garrett Hedlund) - mourn the tragic loss of their mother in what was seemingly a robbery gone wrong, but soon discover that she was very intentionally murdered. They begin killing their way up the food chain, while they get heat from Detective Fowler (Josh Charles), who disapproves of what they are doing while also being unable to prove it. They soon learn that the head honcho is a dirty crime boss called Victor Sweet (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who takes kickbacks from politicians and generally has a large portion of the city in his pocket. They must take him down if they are ever to rest. However, this won't come without its own costs.

          The film recieved a lot of criticism for glorifying vigilante-related violence, but this is in some respect a misreading given how the film also shows the dire costs of such action, and the remaining brothers have to live with this. It is an affecting, well acted action-driven drama that's better than the majority of revenge thrillers. Whilst it is at face value a simple revenge flick, issues of family and race raise this dramatic actioner above the boundaries set by lesser films.

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          19.05.2009 17:48
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          A highly enjoyable film, but don't expect to have to concentrate much

          Last night, I was flicking through channels just before going to bed when I spotted this was on. I had wanted to watch it for a while, but never managed to catch it on TV or DVD. I was a bit tired last night, but thought I'd watch the first few minutes and maybe try and catch it at a later date.

          A couple of hours later, as the credits rolled, I went to bed, having watched a thoroughly entertaining film. There's nothing really special about the plot, and the twists are transparent, but it does the basics well, and its four main actors work very well together.

          The film is about four brothers who reunite to mourn the death of their adoptive mother in Detroit. She was gunned down in a convenience store robbery, and they want to exact their revenge by helping the police find out who killed her. However, as the police seem to be getting nowhere, they try their own way of getting results and finding the killer. They aren't orthodox, and most of what they do is outside of the law, but it makes for entertaining viewing as the act now and think later brothers start causing ruckus left, right and centre to find their mum's killer.

          The actors are well chosen for the four brothers, with Mark Wahlberg, Andre Benjamin, Tyrese Gibson and Garret Hedlund very convincing as four men who have grown up together. Very much led by Wahlberg's Danny, the four Mercer brothers take us along a simple yet effective plot involving local gangs and corruption, as we edge closer to the truth. The acting from the supporting cast is also solid, with Terrence Howard and Chiwetel Eijofor standing out above the rest.

          The5re are some comical moments to ease the tension, and the high speed chase scenes and fight scene, as well as those featuring shoot-outs, are well choreographed. The film pelts to a close, witht he action staying at the top of its game throughout, and by the end, I was thoroughly impressed, perhaps moreso than I expected to be. However, it's nothing special, and although an entertaining action film, any further exploration into it being anything other than this will result in coming up short. It doesn't do enough to have an edge of the seat thriller plot, and the acting, although, impressive, isn't powerful enough to provoke emotion in me as a viewer.

          So, yes I was entertaining throughout, and yes, I'll happily watch this again, but it's the sort of film where the action takes over and everything else takes a back seat. It's the sort of film you don't have to concentrate on whilst watching it. Director John Singleton is well known for high octane action, and he doesn't disappoint, but just don't expect anything different in terms of genre.

          As I watched this on TV last night, I don't have any extras of note to speak of. However, it's not really the sort of film where you'd need any extras to explain anything: if anything, I imagine they would be for the more die hard Singleton fans and those who like to see how to blow things up and make it look like someone's been shot. I won't be bothering with the DVD, but if it's on again, then it's a good one to have on for the sake of something being on while you get on with other things.

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            11.12.2008 11:08
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            Good action film

            Four Brothers is an excellent gritty film that I watched on Film 4 a couple of nights ago, it has a strong cast and a pretty good story line that focuses on family relationships and the quest for revenge. The four brothers in the title are all adopted and are bought back together to the city of Detroit one winters day for the funeral of their foster mother who provided them with a loving home and precious childhood memories in a rough working class area.

            The mother has been killed in a convenience store robbery while she was shopping for groceries and the thre of the brothers vow to get revenge despite the close attention of the local police to whome they are well known.

            Cast List

            Mark Wahlberg ... Bobby Mercer
            Tyrese Gibson ... Angel Mercer
            André Benjamin ... Jeremiah Mercer
            Garrett Hedlund ... Jack Mercer
            Terrence Howard ... Lt. Green
            Josh Charles ... Detective Fowler
            Sofía Vergara ... Sofi
            Fionnula Flanagan ... Evelyn Mercer
            Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Victor Sweet
            Taraji P. Henson ... Camille Mercer

            This is a very violent film and there are lots of very good action scenes in it, Mark Wahlberg is excellent as the tough former ice hockey player who enjoys fighting more than scoring goals and the interaction between the four brothers is really convincing. Sofia Vergara plays the slightly crazy girlfriend of one of the brothers and her purpose is a bit confusing at times but then I guess her partially dressed prescence appeals to the male viewers.

            The film does have its lighter moments and there is some nice banter between the main characters and the film is well scripted, it does get a little over complicated at times and it si strange that when there is a major shoot out and loads of dead bodies that nothing really happens from the police point of view.

            I enjoyed this film although it appealed more to my boyfriend on the whole.

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              06.12.2008 10:28
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              Action film.

              Directed by David Singleton this crime thriller is an enjoyable action film that does suffer from a rather weak plot in places but makes up for it in boh the action scenes and also the real sense of brotherhood that the four main characters manage to muster.

              The four Mercer brother are reunited foollowing the shooting of the woman who raised them in a convenience store robbery, bought togther to grieve they also are intent on revenge especially when the supposed robbery looks more like a gang land hit when they view the CCTV tapes, the fact that they spot this straight away and the police seem not to is one of the big holes in this film and it is crudely papered over with a late plot twist that does not really address the gap opened up.

              The four lead actors have a great sense of brotherhood on the film and it also allows or some confused looks from some people because of their different skin colours, Mark Wahlberg is vey good in the elad role of Bobby Mercer a rough former hockey player and while some of the action is a little predictable reminding me of films like New Jack City this is still an entertaining film.


              Cast List

              Mark Wahlberg ... Bobby Mercer
              Tyrese Gibson ... Angel Mercer
              André Benjamin ... Jeremiah Mercer
              Garrett Hedlund ... Jack Mercer
              Terrence Howard ... Lt. Green
              Josh Charles ... Detective Fowler
              Sofía Vergara ... Sofi
              Fionnula Flanagan ... Evelyn Mercer
              Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Victor Sweet
              Taraji P. Henson ... Camille Mercer

              It is quite violent and there is a fair bit of bad language but there are a few lighter moments in the film and the car chase in the ice and snow of Detroit is a nice twist on the typical car chase scenes.

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                23.11.2008 15:54
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                great action flick...

                I watched this movie just today.... Many of my friends told me this was a great movie - i WASN'T interested because the story line itself sounded so very cliched... - 4 brothers avenged their mom's death... I've lots of such movies - no thank you....
                But have I ??? No i guess not - it was one one helluva movie - really stylish but not the kinda loud stupid action movie you think it is... I guess no one but John Singleton could have pulled it off...

                The movie unravels with a bang with the mother murdered - but even that was very subtle, with the actual killing not shown to the viewers... Though it has a lot of violence and bloodshed, and has its plot revolving around revenge, we do get some solid performances from the well picked cast...
                The shootout scene in the movie is by far one of the best action sequences i've seen in quite some time - unbelievable yet possible....

                To any one with a taste for action, go for it - you won't be disappointed...

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                  11.09.2008 17:04
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                  Great movie with a decent plot

                  Well Four Brothers is another MANS movie!

                  The plot (without spoilers) is about 4 adopted brothers whos mom was killed in a store robbery. Because these 4 are some of the nastiest piece of work around instead of waiting for the police to deal with who was behind it they take matters into their own hands.

                  Overall im quite a fan of Mark Walhberg since watching him in movies like Shooter and We Own the night so the acting was great and you really do start to care for the characters.

                  The movie itself wasnt perfect but for what it was it was a great entertaining movie, with great lines and a good hardcore feel to it. The image the director tries to create with Detroit, the police and the four brothers comes across great and you really get into it.

                  The movies does take some time to get into even i thought after watching the first 20mins its just gna be a bunch of people going around acting like gangsters but the story deepened and the plot thickened to add a bit of depth to the movie. Dont get me wrong though this isnt a movie with an incredibly meticulous storyline, its still just a no brainer action movie however it does have bit more of a storyline compared to most no brainer action moves.

                  I think if youre a fan of movies like Die Hard, Shoot 'em Up i would recomend this movies for ya.

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                    an entertaining, decent film that I would easily recommend to anyone over 15

                    From the director that brought us ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’, ‘Shaft’ and ‘Boyz n the hood’, Four Brothers is the story of four brothers (unsurprisingly) out to avenge their mother’s death. Released in 2005 this film promises action, revenge and surprisingly plenty of humour.

                    *** My Opinion On ***

                    Here you will find my opinion on everything from the way the movie was filmed to how action packed it was and the enjoyability of the film compared to John Singleton’s previous works. Hopefully this will give you the best idea of what the film was like!

                    1) The Story

                    I thought the story was quite good in this, a little simple maybe but still a good story all the same. It has the hard man image with the brothers all out to get revenge on their mother’s killer but then there is the quick witted humour that makes this film enjoyable to watch for both sexes. What added a little bit of a difference to the story was that the brothers aren’t blood related. They are all misfits who were brought up by the same woman who adopted them. Two are white men and the other two are black which tends to confuse people throughout the film when they say they are brothers.

                    There are also little subplots which make the film a little more interesting which I won’t give away because it could spoil the film for some people.

                    All in all I’d say even though this wasn’t as original as it could have perhaps been it was still fairly solid and I didn’t notice any gaps in the plot or anything like that.

                    2) Character Performances

                    ** Main Characters **

                    > Bobby Mercer played by Mark Wahlberg

                    > Angel Mercer played by Tyrese Gibson

                    > Jeremiah Mercer played by Andre Benjamin

                    > Jack Mercer played by Garrett Hedlund



                    I was surprised to learn that one of the main characters roles (Bobby) was first offered to a few A-list actors before Mark Wahlberg got the part. Apparently they turned it down due to the script being ultra violent. To be honest I couldn’t really imagine anybody else playing the character other than Mark Wahlberg as he was so convincing and in a way lovable in his character. I simply cannot imagine anyone else doing as well as he did.

                    So obviously I was impressed with Marks performance but was his performance really as good as his performance in other films he’s starred in? Well he has starred in films such as ‘Planet of the Apes’, ‘The Truth about Charlie’ and the pretty recent film ‘I Heart Huckabees’. The only film I have seen out of those is Planet of the Apes and I have to admit I thought he gave a pretty good performance in that too but for me his performance in this just tips it. As an actor he is very believable within his roles and here he captured Bobby Mercer perfectly. Rough around the edges, quick witted, cocky and yet undeniably handsome. As I said no one else could have played Bobby better for me.

                    Tyrese Gibson played the part of Angel Mercer possibly the softest of the brothers. Tall and well built I expected him to be one of the toughest but it wasn’t like that at all. Tyrese has starred in other films such as ‘Flight of the Phoenix’, ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’ and he is also rumoured to be starring in the future film which is due out in 2007 ‘The Transformers: The Movie’. After starring in ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’ John Singleton obviously liked him enough to put him in this film too. I saw 2 Fast 2 Furious and I liked his performance in that too. Obviously it’s a completely different role here but he still gives a believable and decent performance. One thing I will say about his role though is I thought maybe it could have been a little stronger. He had a little sub plot going on but it wasn’t anything strong and I feel it could have perhaps been a little better. He still had good chemistry with the other brothers though but he was the person throughout the film that I could least relate to.

                    Jeremiah Mercer is a little sneaky. He comes across decent and honest, taking his daughter to gymnastics and taking care of his wife but there is always something about him that isn’t quite right. Andre hasn’t really starred in much before this film but some of his roles include him starring in ‘Revolver’ and the smash hit ‘Be Cool’. Having only seen him in this role I did think he did a pretty good job. He was believable and his chemistry with the other brothers was good. He also really shone as a father and showed that he could play both a responsible and a tough guy image.

                    Finally Garrett Hedlund played the part of Jack Mercer, the youngest brother who is a little strange but lovable in a way. He is always getting a lot of stick from the other brothers especially Bobby. He isn’t entirely sure about violence but he is willing to protect his brothers no matter what. Garrett hasn’t starred in much but he has starred in the hit film ‘Troy’ and another film called ‘Friday Night Live’. I’d say his performance in this was really strong. He gave me a really big feel for the character and he made the role his. Having not starred in a lot I am really impressed with his performance and will definitely be looking out for his future films.

                    All in all I’d say the character performances were really good, Mark and Garrett gave the best performances but that could be down to how the script was written and nothing to do with their acting abilities in general. I thought the chemistry between them all was really good and they were just great to watch.

                    3) The Violence

                    I know the violence was something I was worried about before I watched this. I’m not really into ultra, pointless, violent movies and from the cover of the DVD and the sound of the story, I just knew that I was going to be in for a rough ride with this one. However that really wasn’t the case and I don’t know how those A-List stars could have said the script was ultra violent unless they actually tamed it down afterwards!

                    Obviously there was some violence in the film with people getting shot etc but it didn’t actually show too much. There wasn’t that much blood and the only gory scene that I remember is seeing some guys leg broken with the bone sticking out (really not nice!), but apart from that it was all a little tame just the way I like it. Obviously this isn’t great news for fans of hardcore violence but to me it makes it more watchable for both sexes. The mixture of violence and humour balanced it out to make a good quality movie.

                    4) The Humour

                    The humour within the film really did throw me and to be honest without it the film might have been a complete waste of time and a little boring. Most of the funny lines came from the character of Bobby and in parts they made both me and my boyfriend laugh out loud. I would recommend this film on the humour alone!

                    5) DVD Features

                    There are a few extras on the DVD including:

                    * Director Commentary
                    * Behind The Scenes
                    * Crafting Four Brothers
                    * Deleted Scenes

                    As usual with deleted scenes I can see why they were deleted but it was still entertaining watching what may have made it into the film.

                    Crafting Four Brothers is a section which may be of interest to up and coming writers who want to write scripts as the scriptwriters for the film reveal how they put everything together and made it work.

                    The commentary was pretty interesting too and described why things were done a certain way.

                    All in all I would recommend watching the extras, they passed a little time and I found out some interesting facts.

                    6) Price, Availability and Certificate

                    This film is Certified 15 and can be found in supermarkets like Asda for just £12.97 or Tesco for the same price. Alternatively you can buy it in the high street at places such as Woolworths for £15.99 or WH Smiths for £19.99.

                    As you can see above the prices do vary wherever you decide to buy from so it is always best to shop around. You should be able to find this at a shop near you as with it being a recent film it is stocked in most places.

                    *** My Overall Opinion ***

                    I really didn’t expect to like this and I had owned it for quite a while before I decided to watch it. However I really am glad that I did. It had a good twist near the end and it never lost focus of its main plot. It wasn’t overly violent and it had plenty of humour and one liner in it that made it really enjoyable to watch. Character performances were good and I would recommend it to everyone over the age of 15. It does have quite a bit of bad language in but then I don’t think you can expect anything else of a film of this genre. Effects wise there wasn’t really any special effects within tthe film which I felt made it a lot more real and easier to watch. If you haven’t yet seen it I would recommend at least renting it out.

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                      Four Brothers?...May as well get Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

                      Sometimes I feel like a martyr for some of the opinions I’ve written on this site. I’ve sat through a lot of dross so you don’t have to and it’s nice that people appreciate it, leaving comments that they won’t bother with the film after reading my opinion. Now today I bring yet another title for you to avoid like bird flu.

                      In 1991, John Singleton came onto the film scene with Boyz ‘N’ The Hood. The hard-hitting tale of life in the ghetto earned him an Oscar nomination at just 24 years old. Since then he’s made nothing to even come close to that film, recently he’s turned his hand to the Shaft remake and the sequel to The Fast & The Furious. Four Brothers is his latest attempt at getting some credibility back.

                      Evelyn Mercer is an old woman who over the years has taken in many kids and found them homes. But there were four troubled boys who she couldn’t anyone to take. So she raised them as her own. One night she takes a trip to the local store and gets caught up in a robbery that leads to her death.

                      Her four ‘sons’ return for her funeral and stick around. After some digging they discover that their mother’s death wasn’t a murder, instead it was a professional hit. From that moment on they seek the truth and look to reap revenge on those responsible.

                      Four Brother’s may just be the most stupid film I have seen in many a year. I’m not really sure what it set out to be. At first you think it’s going to be a gritty revenge thriller in the 70’s mould. Then you think it’s some urban action film. It’s just confused. In this film you can have mass gun fights on a street and no one comes out of his or her door and the police do naff all about it. The characters are pretty unlikeable across the board. Mark Wahlberg play’s the hard case brother and as per usual if he isn’t Dirk Diggler then he’s not that great. If he and Paul Walker headlined a movie then it would be the worst movie ever made. Andre Benjamin takes time out from Outkast and should have stuck to what he does best. Tyrese Gibson plays another brother who is equally as stupid. Meanwhile they have another brother who is a bit more fresh faced and maybe gay. I’m not really sure but Wahlberg makes frequent homosexual references about him. Terrence Howard also makes an appearance in the role of token black cop, utterly pointless. The only person to come away with any credit is Chiwetel Ejiofor, after this and Serenity it’s clear to me that he’s a very good actor.

                      As the credits rolled on the movie I still was none the wiser as to why the brother’s mum was killed. The explanation is probably in there somewhere but the story is so garbled you’d have to pay close attention amidst the dire-logue to figure it out. I get incredibly annoyed at movies that have to resort to using swearing in nearly every line to make a character appear angry. This must be a thing of Stapleton’s as I remember watching 2 Fast 2 Furious and getting very annoyed at the slang in that film as well.

                      Four Brothers is an incredible waste of time. If you want to see a decent revenge pic for the modern generation then rent The Punisher, it’s a lot more fun than this. Or just get something like Dirty Harry.

                      -The DVD-

                      I suppose one thing this film has is a nice polished look. The DVD transfer is pretty crisp and highlights the cold tones of the film well. The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is also pretty sparkling with the shootout sequence getting a thumbs up.

                      -Extras-

                      There is a commentary on this disc with John Singleton. Frankly I hated the film so much I couldn’t bring myself to hear his comments.

                      Four featurettes offer some insight into the making of the film. If you’re into how a film looks then there’s a segment on the style of the film. We also get a look at the casting and how the film came about. Apparently it’s a film about brotherhood, well having read the title I would have thought that was a given. To be honest the only featurette worth taking a peek at is the behind the scenes of the shootout.

                      The deleted scenes are nothing special. There is an alternate look at the mother’s murder but they were right to trim it out.

                      Paramount also give you the trailer.

                      -Finally-

                      John Singleton really needs to get some good scripts as he’s shown talent for dramatics in the past. Four Brothers’ is a pretty bad film, made more annoying by the fact that with a little more care and attention it could have been decent.

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                        A fast Paced all action film by John Singleton

                        This DVD is a story of four adopted brothers and how they avenge their mothers Death.

                        The film Stars
                        Mark Wahlberg as Bobby Mercer
                        Tyrese Gibson as Angel Mercer
                        André Benjamin as Jeremiah Mercer
                        Garrett Hedlund as Jack Mercer

                        Brought up as one family by Evelyn Mercer the Four Brothers, Bobby, Angel, Jeremiah and Jack reunite at the funeral of their
                        adoptive mother who was murdered during a grocery store hold-up, and decide take the matter of her death into their own hands.

                        As they track down the killer, they quickly realize that their old ways of doing business have new consequences.

                        They discover that their mother's death was not a random event.
                        They discover a link between Business man Benjamin and their mothers killers.
                        The storyline is not too complex but there are enough twists and turns in the plot to keep you hooked until the end of the film.

                        The end of the film leaves you with a good feeling as it is quite a twist and you will probably not guess it until right at the end.

                        Four Brothers is a fast action, Fast paced, Well acted film and I thouroghly enjoyed it.

                        DVD Features:
                        Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
                        Commentary by: Director John Singleton

                        9 Deleted scenes
                        Commentary by Director John Singleton
                        5 Behind the Scenes and Making Of Featurettes
                        Theatrical trailer

                        Run time is 1hr 49 Mins and is available from all DVD sellers in the £9.99 (Amazon) to £14.99 (Woolworths) price range

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                          13.02.2006 17:47
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                          Really good, hard hitting action film. Good story too

                          Four Brothers is one of the best films to come out of 2005. It looks at revenge, bonding of brothers, corruption, gangs and so much more. The violent scenes in this are not overdone; they are all essential to the story and the development of the characters for the viewer. Even the Mercer House Shootout (more later) is done in a way that every single shot fired is fired for a reason and not just to put another gun shot in the movie.

                          THE STORY~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

                          The film starts with an elderly woman in a corner shop telling a young boy off for shop lifting a candy bar. She is trying to educate him to stop thieving and build a better life for himself. You can tell she cares about the kids of the community straight away. As she moves to the back of the shop two gun men burst into the shop. Their faces are hidden behind balaclavas and they immediately shoot the shopkeeper. The lady tries to hide but lets out a small noise when they shoot and they find her at the back of the shop and shoot her twice. But who have they killed?

                          The next scene shows the funeral and wake of Evelyn Mercer, the lady who was shot, and there are four men, Bobby, Jack, Jeremiah & Angel who meet up around the house after the funeral. It turns out they are Evelyn’s adopted sons. The Mercer Brothers! They have not seen each other for a while but their brothership (even though two are white and two are black) is so strong that it does not take any time at all for them to slip into old family ways of teasing each other like brothers do and they decide to have a family dinner for Thanksgiving in honour of their mum. She appears to each one, in their mind, saying something she always would have, like take you elbows off the table and so on. A very thoughtful moment in the film where the boys reflect on how much they loved her.

                          None of the boys are afraid to ask questions about their mum’s death, and before you know it they have started an investigation for themselves, outside of the police authority. Bobby takes charge of the brother’s investigation as he, along with Angel are hard nuts who are not afraid to go into any situation and do what needs to be done in order to get answers. Jack tags along all the time but as the youngest he is not allowed to have a gun or go in anywhere first. The older ones protect him without babying him too much and he is happy with this. Jerry is another matter and from the start you see him as a responsible family man, (he has a wife and two daughters) who does not want to be involved in any violence and would rather let the police do their job to find the killers.

                          Bobby, Angel, Jack & Jerry (to a degree) carry on investigating their mum’s death, leaving a trail of destruction and death along the way. Finding out how Victor Sweet, the local chief hoodlum, is involved. How Jerry is mixed up in this whole thing and how police corruption is blocking their way.

                          All this leads to the shootout at the Mercer house, which is one of the best shoot out scenes I have seen for a long time. There are fatalities on both sides and even more reason for The Mercer Brothers to seek revenge on Victor Sweet.

                          How do they get what they want? Was Victor behind it all? Who else was involved? Which police are bent? Is Jerry really trying to go behind his brothers? How does it all end?

                          These are questions you will have answered when you watch the film, because when you’ve read this review I bet you have to get the film.

                          THE CAST~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

                          MARK WAHLBERG ~~~ BOBBY MERCER

                          Mark Wahlberg as Bobby is definitely the leader of the brothers here. He kind of exudes a wisdom and experience laden life from the moment he arrives on the screen. You can tell he wants to look after the family he has left and avenge his mothers killing. It’s one of the first things he talks about with his brothers. I think he is meant to be the eldest of them and therefore feels he has big brother duties to them, especially Jack. Mark does a brilliant job in this role. He’s not your classic good-looking movie star but there is something in his performance that does draw you to him. He plays Bobby superbly, right down to the looks on his face when he learns new information. He is a gutsy, determined character played exceptionally well by Wahlberg.

                          TYRESE GIBSON ~~~ ANGEL MERCER

                          Another great performance here. Tyrese plays Angel Mercer, the other “in your face” brother, not afraid to jump in the middle of anything. Tyrese impressed me in films such as “Flight of the Phoenix” and “2 Fast 2 Furious” and this film is no exception to his excellent character portrayal. Angel is a big strong man who backs Bobby up when there is trouble to see to. He’s not afraid of confrontation and will get revenge for his mum’s death without exception. There is interaction between Angel and his girlfriend, Sofi, which shows the softer, more loving side of him really well.

                          ANDRE BENJAMIN ~~~ JEREMIAH MERCER

                          You get the opinion that Jerry (Jeremiah) is the 2nd youngest brother. It definitely goes Bobby, Angel then Jerry & Jack last in the pecking order though. Andre Benjamin plays this role perfectly with all the things he has to incorporate into the character. He wants to revenge his mum’s death but has to be responsible for his family. He wants to uncover the truth behind what happened but needs to keep certain things secret! An interesting and compelling character really well played and for a seemingly still fairly young, novice actor I was really impressed.

                          GARRETT HEDLUND ~~~ JACK MERCER

                          Garret Hedlund is Jack Mercer, the baby of the Mercer Brothers clan. He is a wannabe rock star and has a band but they are struggling to break through. He is very naïve and innocent in his character and when his big brothers start getting violent he is shocked and doesn’t quite know how to take it. He wants to be like them but is scared too. Born only in 1984, Garrett has not built up a massive catalogue of films yet but was in Troy in 2004 and after this film he will definitely have offers through his door.
                          OTHER CAST MEMBERS

                          Fionnula Flanagan Evelyn Mercer

                          Chiwetel Ejiofor Victor Sweet

                          Terrence Howard Lt Green
                          Josh Charles Det Fowler

                          DVD EXTRAS~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

                          There are lots of extras on this DVD, some good and interesting and some in my opinion a bit boring but I will leave you to make your own minds up on their usefulness.

                          **The Look of Four Brothers**

                          The director, John Singleton and Peter Menzies the cinematographer, talk along with the actors playing the four brothers about how they decided on how to show the scenes in the films. John Singleton wanted to use music a little less than normal and liked the idea of wide informative shots. He says a lot of the shots show all four brothers in it at once. This way your eye can go to the person you want to see rather than being forced to watch one person in particular.

                          **Crafting Four Brothers**

                          Paul Lovett & David Elliot the screenwriters talk about their love of Spaghetti Westerns and how they and John Singleton wanted to make this like an Urban Western. They talk about how they built up the characters and what each one brings to the film.

                          **Behind the Brotherhood**

                          John Singleton talks with the producer, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura about the bonding of the brothers. How they became so incredibly close even though they were adopted and are of different races, there is no segregation and they are brothers without the need for blood ties.

                          **Mercer House Shootout**

                          The director talks again about this specific action scene. He explains how he wanted it to be combustible yet real. No frills just pure action, which was happening on screen but right in your face. It goes on to show you how the scene was set up and the wire shots etc that were planted under the snow to help everything go with a bang.

                          **Deleted Scenes**

                          These included:
                          Corner Store Hold-up
                          The Brothers Eulogy
                          Bobby Teases Jack
                          After the Hockey Game
                          Arriving at Jeremiah’s
                          Revenge is a full time job.
                          Lt Green questions Councilman Douglas
                          Det Fowler warns Angel
                          Cops arrest Angel

                          This film was only 104 minutes long so I think they could have comfortably included some of these deleted scenes in the film.

                          **Theatrical Trailer**

                          This is obviously the trailer for the film, and it’s the one I saw that made me want to get it in the first place. Good trailer – gets you interested.

                          OTHER STUFF

                          The DVD has a running time of 104 minutes which is a good length for a film although if it had been longer and included some of the deleted scenes I would have been happy too.

                          It is certificate 15.

                          You can buy it for £12.99 new from Amazon but we rented it for £3.75 from choices video.

                          Hope this has helped and you enjoyed the review.

                          xx

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                          Bound by love for their slain adoptive mother, the brothers in Four Brothers form a unique quartet that gives John Singleton's film a razor's edge of redemption. It's a thin edge, to be sure, because while Singleton's urban Western pays homage to the Blaxpoitation films of the '70s (as he did with his remake of Shaft), it walks a fine line of credibility with a mythic vengeance plot (recalling John Wayne's 1965 hit The Sons of Katie Elder) that endorses violence as the last resort of a family under siege. When a saintly foster mother (Fionnula Flanagan) is gunned down in a convenience store, her only adopted sons (two white, two black, played respectively by Mark Wahlberg, Garrett Hedlund, Tyrese Gibson and Andre Benjamin) go after the killers, only to discover that their mother's death was not a random event. As they uncover a sticky web of criminal activity involving a local kingpin (Chiwitel Ejiofor), the character-driven plot races toward an inevitable showdown, with ex-con Wahlberg leading the way. Making excellent use of blue collar locations in Detroit, Singleton keeps the action moving fast enough that the film's lack of realism is easily ignored, and the well-drawn characters (including Terrence Howard as a tenacious detective) lend emotional dimension to an otherwise familiar revenge scenario. Four Brothers is manipulative, but it's filled with grace notes of rugged working-class humanity, and it definitely holds your attention.-- Jeff Shannon