Love and War
Release Date: December 04, 2009
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Jake
Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman,
Bailee Madison, Sam Shepard,
and Mare Winningham
Runtime: 110 minutes
Distributor: Lionsgate Films
Director: Jim Sheridan
Executive Producer: Scott Fischer and Ryan
Producer: Michael De Luca and Ryan
Writer: David Benioff, Susanne Bier,
and Anders Thomas Jensen
Address Comments To:Jon Feltheimer, CEO
Lionsgate AKA Lions Gate Films
2700 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 449-9200; Fax: (310) 255-3870
Not long after, Sam is rescued from a terrorist group and sent home to his wife and kids. His family is overjoyed to have him home, but his experience as a prisoner of the terrorists has forever scarred him, and Grace begins to question his sanity. Meanwhile, Sam suspects his wife’s infidelity and sets out to uncover the truth. How can he possibly hold on if his one source of stability, his loving wife, cannot be trusted?
Maguire delivers a truly unnerving performance in BROTHERS. This is a significant departure from his Peter Parker/Spider-Man role. He does a great job as a conflicted man who loves his family but must cope with a darker side of the world that he believes no one else can understand.
Despite its decidedly mature elements, BROTHERS places a heavy emphasis on unconditional, family love. Also, redemption is a huge theme, though not necessarily from God. The Cahills are a traditional Christian family, and Sam’s sacrifice is honored at church, through hymns and prayer. War is depicted as both honorable and horrific. The Cahills are proud to serve their country, but the horrors of war are vividly portrayed, especially from terrorist groups. BROTHERS also contains a significant amount of foul language and a scene of marijuana use. Furthermore, characters use alcohol to cope with their depression and grief. Thus, extreme caution is advised for this R-rated movie.
Despite its mature themes, BROTHERS places a heavy emphasis on unconditional, family love. Also, redemption is a huge theme, though not necessarily from God. The Cahills are a traditional Christian family, and Sam’s sacrifice is honored at church, through hymns and prayer. War is depicted as both honorable and horrific. Sam and his father are proud to serve their country, but the movie’s depiction of violence, foul language, and substance abuse requires extreme caution.