Director: John Singleton
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, André
Benjamin, Garrett Hedlund, Terrence Howard, Josh Charles, Sofia
Vergara, and Chiwetel Ejiofor
RunTime: 1 hr 49 mins
Released By: UIP
Date: 29 September 2005
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this urban action thriller, four adopted brothers reunite
in Detroit at their mother’s funeral after she had been
killed in a liquor store robbery. At the funeral, they realized
that something was amiss behind how she died and who killed
her. The four brothers resolved to solve the crime and avenge
their mother's murder. Starring music group Outkast’s
Andre Benjamin, Tyrese Gibson (2 Fast 2 Furious), Mark Wahlberg
and Garrett Hedlund (Friday Night Lights). Directed by John
Singleton (2 Fast 2 Furious, Boyz N the Hood).
tale of vengeance starts in a Detroit convenience store late
one night. A young kid was caught stealing candy from the
store and Evelyn Mercer was there to get this young kid off
the hook from the store clerk. In that short scene, it reveals
how nice and wise Evelyn Mercer was by pacifying the frightened
young kid and yet teaches the kid not to shoplift again at
the same time. Attachment to the kind elderly lady grows quickly
in the first act and when the sudden robbery took the life
of the elderly lady, viewers could easily sympathize with
the brothers’ quest for punishment.
(Mark Wahlberg), Angel (Tyrese Gibson), Jeremiah (Andre Benjamin)
and Jack (Garrett Hedlund), Four Brothers adopted by Evelyn,
started to investigate their mom’s murder on their own.
As they hunt down their mother’s killers, they soon
find out that their mom’s death might have been a result
of collateral damages from a convenience store robbery. Once
the investigation got on its way, the film is on full throttle
to the finale.
the investigation could hardly be considered intelligent or
well crafted. The four brothers use brutal and intimidating
methods to gather the information for their mom’s killers.
A lot of actions are based on their instinct and would often
make one wonder the possibility if they have gotten the wrong
information: A number people would have gotten hurt unnecessarily.
of leeway was also given to this group of vigilante, especially
after an intensive gun battle that happened in this film.
If this was a scene in reality, the four brothers would probably
find themselves behind bars before they can attempt any revenge
for their mom.
this film assumed that their instincts are correct all the
time and acts of vigilante is acceptable even by the police
officers. To truly enjoy this film, viewers have to sit back
and let the Four Brothers deal out their own brand of justice
against the wrongdoers.
The real joy of this film lies on watching the cast of four
different characters. Mark Wahlberg leads the cast as the
main star and leader of the pack. He comes off as a natural
in this role as a confrontational rough guy with a heart of
gold who often acts on his instinct and without any care for
Tyrese Gibson’s performance as tough-but-tender Angel
bought forth plenty of the comic relief in this movie. On
one hand, he has this authoritative presence but on the other
hand, he had to constantly give in to a demanding yet lovely
girlfriend, resulting in awkward henpecked moments.
Benjamin who is crossing over from the music scene to the
movie industry did well with his role as the entrepreneur,
Jeremiah Mercer, in short, the better off Mercer among the
four brothers. Andre Benjamin gives his character a pleasing
complexity: weighing the importance between taking care of
his own family and joining the guys in taking risky revenge
for his mom.
Hedlund’s role was the most limited and restrained as
a sidekick little brother figure but brings a boyish dynamism
to the cast. Other than that, his character sole purpose seems
to serve as a plot device to accelerate the need for vengeance.
The four lead actors, who seem to be having a blast in this
film, look like they had spent their lifetime on the rough
streets of Detroit. Each of the brothers brought enough chemistry
together to keep the movie moving to its climatic finale.
highlights of Four Brothers would be the action sequences
that are brilliantly carried out. Notably are the breathtaking
car chase in a blizzard and a high-caliber day light gun battles.
After seeing how dangerous driving on an icy road in reality
documentary such as “Caught on Video”, it made
me wonder how they managed to capture these sequences of cars
racing down the streets during a heavy fall of snow. This
could easily be one of the best car chases in recent movie
gun battles felt as exciting as though the viewer is in the
midst of a paintball battle. The right amount of drama and
editing of action sequences makes one want to join in the
melee. These first rate action sequences themselves are well
worth half the admission ticket price.
in the mood to see bad guys get whacked hard and fast without
a care for the consequences, Four Brother is just the right
gritty and testosterone overdrive film for you.
(Uncompromising journey of four brother’s thirst for
by Richard Lim Jr