"High Octane, Low Power"
What You Need To Know:
There is a lot of high octane in FOUR BROTHERS, but the plot sputters. Evelyn Mercer adopted the four brothers and tried to teach them to obey the law, but it seems like they didn't learn anything from her teaching when they embark their vengeful rampage. Although they stick together and pray in the name of Jesus over Thanksgiving dinner, they spend most of the rest of their time spouting obscenities, especially the "f" word and talking about sex, sometimes in vivid detail.
(PaPa, C, AbAbAb, LLL, VVV, SS, NN, AA, DD, MMM) Strong eclectic pagan worldview with strong themes of revenge and vigilantism, with one prayer to Jesus, but a lack of concern for moral values and decency; 164 obscenities and 11 profanities and man on toilet and man relieves himself in building under construction; extreme violence, including beatings, pointblank shootings, machine gunnings, using cars as weapons, etc.; clothed sex on top of washing machine and many crude sexual references, including battles over sex; rear male nudity, very lowcut dresses, rear female nudity; alcohol use; smoking and drug use; and, corrupt policemen, humiliation, paying off mobsters, and rampant immorality.
When kindly Evelyn Mercer gets shot at a convenience store, her four adopted sons, two white and two black, take the matter of avenging her death into their own hands. In the process, they come up against a corrupt police department in Detroit and the gang leader who rules with humiliation and cruelty. While finding out who killed their adoptive mother, these four brothers wreak havoc on the streets of Detroit and kill or cause to be killed many lowlife inhabitants of the city. They pour gasoline on a councilman and criminals, they drop a man from a window, they drop a man into an iced over lake, and they generally act as vigilantes.
Although there is a lot of high octane in FOUR BROTHERS, the plot sputters. Evelyn Mercer adopted these four, because they were so bad that she couldn’t find anybody else to do so after placing numerable orphans in adoption. She tried to teach them to obey the law, but it seems like they didn’t learn anything from her teaching when they embark their vengeful rampage. Although they stick together and pray in the name of Jesus over their Thanksgiving dinner, they spend most of the rest of their time spouting obscenities, especially the “f” word and talking about sex, sometimes in vivid detail. One of them, Angel, drags his former hot Latin girlfriend from a neighbor’s house to become his concubine. Meanwhile, the villain, Victor, forces his cronies to commit humiliating acts lie eating off the floor and sitting in little tiny chairs at a little tiny kids’ table.
FOUR BROTHERS is a loose remake of 1965’s THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER, a western starring John Wayne and Dean Martin. The movie would have worked better if the four boys had tried to act justly and had been forced to react because of the corruption and criminal society in which they live. As it is, they are instigating the pain and suffering, sometimes just to enjoy themselves. FOUR BROTHERS is not a movie for moral audiences, and not worth an exhaustive review.