Brothers (2009)

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Brothers tells the story of two siblings: Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) and younger brother Tommy Cahill (Jake Gyllenhaal). Sam is a Marine and steadfast family man, married to his high school sweetheart Grace (Natalie Portman), who goes missing in Afghanistan. Tommy is a drifter just out of jail who’s always gotten by on wit and charm. In Sam's absence, Tommy comforts Grace and her two children. As they grow close, Sam is found and returns home. But the experience has changed him, and sibling rivalry gets serious.

Based on Susanne Bier's film of the same name.


Directed by

  • Jim Sheridan('Get Rich or Die Tryin', 'In America', 'The Boxer', 'In the Name of the Father', 'My Left Foot')

Written by

  • David Benioff
  • (based on the original screenplay by Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen)

Drama, War


Rating: M Contains Violence & Offensive Language


Official Site

Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)


This becomes Tobey Maguire's film to dominate, and I've never seen these dark depths in him before. Actors possess a great gift to surprise us, if they find the right material in their hands.

Christchurch Press (James Croot)


Mixed emotions dominated the Cahill family dinner. While welcoming one son back into the fold, the other was about to head off on a dangerous mission.

Empire (UK)


Despite strong performances from the leads, when it comes to pacing and power, it’s the Danish original that edges it. Still, a sturdy and affecting remake that brings a powerful story to an even wider audience.

Hollywood Reporter


Irish director Jim Sheridan, who has made his films in America in recent years, now delivers an American remake that hues closely to the original but loses some of its true grit.

Los Angeles Times


Sheridan seems as conflicted as the Cahills about their virtues and failings. The underlying themes -- love, loyalty, decency, duty, honor, betrayal -- that screenwriter David Benioff will use to both bind and break this family seem to bedevil him more than inspire him this time out.

New York Times


A smart, well-meaning project -- never quite pulls itself together. It has a vague, half-finished feeling, as if it had not figured out what it was trying to do. Which may amount to a kind of realism -- an accurate reflection of where we are in Afghanistan.

Total Film (UK)


A sudsy remake that soft-soaps its tougher inspiration. The A-list stars go for it, but are 10 years off doing the story justice.

Variety (USA)


Though it renders a convincing portrait of fractured family life and boasts its share of powerfully acted moments, this schematic tale of two siblings, ripped apart by jealousy, misunderstanding and unshakable trauma, plays like a more polished but less effective twin to the 2005 Danish original.

View Auckland (Matt Turner)


Engaging, watchable drama with a strong performance from Gyllenhaal but Maguire is miscast and the film lacks the emotional impact of the Danish original.



Why a remake?

Once again the americans have made a remake of a film that did not need one... as usual the original is way better !