I feel a little bad for interrupting my peaceful evening consisting of vanilla lattes and Cat Stevens songs by throwing on Brothers, a tragic tale of a young man returning from the war in Afghanistan and his younger brother returning to society after being released from jail.
But I was pleasantly surprised. Given the touchy nature of a subject matter that is no doubt still alive and burning within the hearts of thousands of soldiers and their loved ones, the film already bears the weight of representing the countless men and women and the losses they face in the way of war.
Brutal and gripping, the roles are formed by Jake Gyllenhall, Natalie Portman and Tobey Maguire as the tormented Sam Cahill, no doubt aiming to shake the shadows of Spiderman and release himself into the dark world of personal battles. Tobey is truly terrifying as the gun swindling Cahill who increasingly becomes more erratic as he struggles to reconnect with reality.
Film Count: 85 out of 365