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Good actors in good enough action

7/10
Author: SnoopyStyle
2 November 2013

Four adopted brothers (Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, André Benjamin, Garrett Hedlund) reunites when their mother gets shot in a convenient store holdup. Only they find that she may have been targeted. Terrence Howard and Josh Charles play cops, and watch out for Sofía Vergara as a loud girlfriend.

The four guys have an easy flowing relations. They have the brotherly chemistry down. Once you get that, the movie is a lot more easy. The story is straight out of any action B-movie. It has a few too many coincidences, a few too many simplifications, and a few too many easy explanations. But John Singleton has given it enough energy to raise it above everyday violent thriller.

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Four Times the Revenge

8/10
Author: caitlin_clendenin from United States
27 September 2013

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John Singleton's "Four Brothers" (2005) takes place in Detroit, Michigan. The first scene starts out with an elderly, good natured woman lecturing a young man about stealing candy from the local convenience store. As soon as the boy leaves two robbers enter the store and proceed to shoot Evelyn Mercer (Fionnula Flanagan) dead. Shortly after the killing her four sons: Bobby (Mark Walhberg), Angel (Tyrese Gibson), Jeremiah (Andre Benjamin), and Jack (Garrett Hedlund) return for her funeral. After reviewing the footage of the shooting the boys begin to investigate further. The police blatantly tell the brothers to stay out of the investigation. After they interrogate the only witness to the crime, Damien (Lyriq Bent), they begin to realize that this was no ordinary robbery. A hit was ordered on their foster mother for asking questions about her son Jeremiah's latest business deal. Now they come to the conclusion that the police may know more than they are letting on. They decide to take whatever actions are necessary to see that justice is served.

"Four Brothers" seems to be centered on revenge, with some underlying western morals. The director shows that in some people's eyes revenge is sometimes justifiable. The world is not always black and white; there are gray areas in between. It also showcases the extent of unsolved crimes in Detroit. The characters in the film are out for revenge because a good, kind hearted woman for whom they cared is murdered. The director shows that some people will go to any length to see that justice is served how they see fit.

I found this film appealing because the story is about vigilante justice. The subject of vigilante justice is attractive to me because I constantly read about unsolved crimes in the news. Bad things happen to good people all the time and nothing is done about it. In the movie the police appear to be uninterested in catching Evelyn Mercer's killers. I feel like often the police feel that matters are not as serious as the victim feels they are. By the end of "Four Brothers" the bad guys got their just desserts.

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Great modern twist on a classic

8/10
Author: texpatlee from United States
5 June 2013

This is a great modern twist on the John Wayne and Dean Martin classic - "The Sons of Katie Elder." Loved Mark Wahlberg's update of John Wayne's character, Outcast's Andre 3000 is great with his take on Dean Martin's character, and Garret Hedlund's take on Michael Anderson Jr's original is simply masterful. The teasing of Jack Mercer is a dead ringer to that of Bud Elder. The direction is outstanding and it is almost exactly identical of Henry Hathaway's where he just let the actors "do what they do" and the dialogue will just developed naturally. I absolutely recommend seeing this movie as well as "The Sons of Katie Elder."

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Nice fur, hon'. Is that all you've got?

Author: sandover from Greece
30 December 2010

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Interesting, having a racial mix of four brothers, lame, not developing it at all, as if it would function by itself; and from there, the film crashes down the hill. For example, Mark Wahlberg has the vocal CV to convince he can stand on par with an Afro-American cast. But Garrett Hedlund? Although he was the reason I watched this film, the young actor seemed more like an intern with a fraught mind, rather than a brother. Those wide-eyed looks when in front of the Christmas turkey the ghost of their mother appeared! What was that? Such bad acting from Ms. Mom! A ghost in a film rarely looked cheesier. They even had the nerve to end the film with her.

Detroit looked good. Looked excellently haunting in fact. Like the opening in Peter Sellars's "Don Giovanni," a proper fatherless place, a place proper for exploitation. Movie? Not so sure. That kind of film has a let-go quality, while this one surely relied on many a twist and self-satisfaction for old codes sake. The inane, really inane soundtrack proves it. Charles, what have they done to you?

The car chase in the snow looked good too. Conchita constantly yelling was an hysterical, not funny device. If they wanted to either convince us a criminal mind can fall for p***y so easily, or that that was intended for comic relief, they should go check their ears: they're tone deaf. Too bad then when Wahlberg imitates her and other voices, it sounds fun and totally misplaced, as if the best parts of the film were some last minute integrated improvisation on set.

Mr. Sweet's fur in the snow looked good too, but could not actually divert me from the fact that the film was retail. Now that I come to think of it, it's the kind of retail piece that goes nicely with a wig, a big, elaborate, synthetic wig. But I don't do wigs, man.

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Can a movie be Perfect?This one is!

10/10
Author: SebyDinBr from Romania
10 March 2010

I can not describe this movie than with a word that draining all and that is "perfect". The way that Garrett Hedlunt acts in this movie is amazing even he is a young actor he got a HUGE potential and Jack Mercer's role is perfect for Garrett. Mark Whalberg with the role of Bobby Mercer the biggest brother that is PERFECT for him and is better that Ethan Hawke, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck turned down the part of Bobby Mercer because the movie is absolutely PERFECT with Mark Whalberg as Bobby Mercer. Let's talk about Jerremiah Mercer(Jerry) played by Andre Benjamin ... this is the worst actor in the whole movie.It's not good for Jeremiah Mercer's role , the movie would be better with Larenz Tate in Jeremiah Mercer's role ... too bad he did not accept the role. This is my favorite movie. *1

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A Film which simply is one to relate to

10/10
Author: from Australia
21 September 2009

A terrific movie. Rather, a view on life through the perspective of ordinary men whom through such extreme circumstances, must become as ruthless and ''hot-headed'' as some of the criminals portrayed in this film, consequently implementing their own brand of justice.

I came across this film through a recommendation from a friend while in 11th Grade, and 3 years onward this is (and will always remain without doubt) my favourite film. I will not say more, and some may find this comment irrelevant once they see the movie (depicting one's taste which should be respected) but through effective blends of genre (prominently action and drama, with a warming sense of comedy and brotherly love) we see how life brings together four brothers whom have nothing but love for each other in common, hence showing us all the value of family and how unpredictable life is.

10/10

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My top favorite movie

10/10
Author: fourbros1 from United States
23 July 2009

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To put it short, this movie is the best movie ever made. I don't see why it got bad reviews. It had great acting, some awesome action, a little bit of humor, and drama. What the f*** else do you need to make a great movie? Im sorry, but i don't see what was so bad about this movie. My whole family hated it. I'm the only one who liked it. The story was great, and had a great ending. It had parts that made you laugh, parts where you were sitting on the edge of your seat, waiting to see what happened next, and parts where you were blinking back tears. It was just a great movie all around, and i think that it was definitely worth buying. It was not too violent and gory, but it had the right amount of action, and was brutal when it needed to be. Buy it.

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Great movie, great premise, great acting and great fun!

9/10
Author: Jeffrey Welch (subego@aol.com) from United States
12 July 2009

This movie excels for one simple reason: realistic interplay between the entire cast. I am sure you have read many of the other comments listed here so I wont bother rehashing them here. I just have a few observations on why this was not only a great action movie...but also remarkably heartfelt. Mark Wahlberg gives a convincing performance as the family's lost cause. What is amazing is that we root for him to "win" even though the character really has no redeeming quality's save one: his love and devotion to his family. He and adoptive brothers, as well as a childhood friend turned policeman with whom they share a measure of respect and trust, all interact on a totally believable and nuanced level not found in many movies. The dialog and delivery, as well as the physical interplay between them all, becomes the linchpin on which this film hangs. They are brothers in every sense of the word, complete with petty arguments and intimate familiarity. For me, this makes the entire movie!

It also helps that there is a viable antagonist in the character of Victor Sweet. It would have been very easy to paint him as a stereotypical thug boss, but directer John Singleton deftly paints him with a different brush, making him a villain of almost unbelievable arrogance. In Sweet we have an adversary for the brothers that heightens the level of building animosity and tension between everyone...brothers and opponents alike.

It is also nice to see a story that plays itself out in the heart of a cold Detroit winter. In most films of this nature, the settings are invariably either warm and sunny or bleak and rain soaked. The discomfort of in-climate weather makes for a more interesting backdrop...especially during the car chase where there are hazards for both the pursued and the pursuers are obvious and exciting!

So, to sum up, I thought this was a great movie! There are so many ways that this could have turned out differently, and a misstep in any area, be it direction, characterizations, or pacing, could have rendered this as just another revenge flick...yea, it would still be "good," but certainly not the believable urban drama that are the final results of this movie.

Oh, yea, one more thing, the filmmakers did an incredible job with the soundtrack and song placement! Using Marvin Gaye's "Trouble Man" was genius! Behind every song, the filmed scene thrived and bloomed simply because the mood setup was so well done. Watching Mark Wahlberg silently break down to music that mirrors the drama so closely was almost breathtaking...and remarkably effective!

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Get The Carters !

Author: ahmed elshikh (ahmed_abd_elreheem@yahoo.com) from Egypt
20 July 2008

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Commercial American movies had been like restaurants' menus. It's the old food with the same crap all over again, yet it's just the new covering. I hate to see one movie with quite potentials and nothing deep. Like it's a junk food. Hell, in here, it's a junk food !

A revenge story in new plot with perfect violence, OK, that got a devoted audience for it anyway. But the story could have more, the characters could be more than some absolute animals with hunger for blood and a hideous language. Not to mention a master in action named (John Singleton) who gave us before the great (Rosewood) then movies with the word "brainless" on them, where violence exceeds anything else ! , what's wrong with putting some logic in it, or some things may make it live longer than the traditional age of "another badass action from Hollywood" ?

Do you wanna go through it ? Fine ! : Why the alleged Don "Victor Sweet" killed the mom ?, how all the information came that easy to the 4 brothers ?, How they manage to act foolishly and be so right every time ? (The first one will runaway from the basketball match is the one who knows the murderer !!!?), the discoveries seemed horrendous (the killer is the one with the light beard ..Hey there is someone with a light beard at the bar.. Let's kill him !!!?), to get away with all of that eventually in some provocative unexplained way (they told the police officers : we were sleeping with your mothers !). Furthermore, why they cast (Chiwetel Ejiofor) to be the most evil guy in such a world?, he looked like a comedian for god's sake ! a comedian with bad performance too !, speaking of which most of the actors weren't better themselves, they delivered something between weak and unconvincing, not to mention how (Mark Wahlberg) wasn't that charismatic leader or that big brother anyway. And to tell you the truth if that Mama was that kind mentor so what a great job she already did with the boys (learned them how to eat on the table, in the same time that they're still killers or thieves !!!). And finally how about a movie where almost all of Wahlberg's lines were improvised by him.. This is brutal !.So generally the main smart meaning about brotherhood, and how "you're so cold when you're so alone", was not perfectly put.

I loved the music, there is loyalty and appreciation for the disco kind of music, it's some salute to the 1970s' Blaxploitation movies that got once great soundtracks that nobody rated them highly as it should be.

As you see, this is a movie that could be something like "Get Carter" with what's more than the usual carte. But it's Hollywood when it insists on being another McDonalds, however it's a combo this time, not a sandwich. And the food is given with blood, not ketchup !

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The Mean Streets of Michigan

7/10
Author: Josh Ballard (josh_ball13) from United States
7 February 2006

This is one of those movies where most people, when they see the movie poster in the hallway to their local multiplex, will mostly skip over and either not decide to see it or decide they'll tell one of their friends to go see it first and tell them how it was. In all honesty, this was my attitude when I first saw the previews.

The basis of the plot line is that the adoptive mother of four hopelessly lost degenerates (Fionnula Flanagan) is brutally murdered and these four brothers all return to their familiar (and violent) streets to bury their beloved mother and to discover the one behind the murder. Moving hastily from one retrieved clue to another, Bobby Mercer (Mark Wahlberg), Angel Mercer (Tyrese Gibson), Jerry Mercer (Andre 3000), and Jack Mercer (Garrett Hedlund) use one another's strong points to uncover a vast and disturbing political cover-up that leads deep into the dirty underbelly of their home town only to lead to an almost perfectly executed ending that will probably leave you wondering where and how such a story could be pulled together with little to no flaws in it.

Although this story is no Academy Award winner or nominee for that matter, it definitely has its strong points. Quite the number of entertaining interaction of "brotherly love" between the four brothers is the highlight of the movie in between shoot-outs and chase scenes with the baddies of the films. And the unnerving portrayal of the villain, Victor Sweet (Chiwetel Ejiofer) has a ring of familiarity to it as Denzel's bad guy from Training Day.

All in all a satisfying movie with funny lines (espically with delivered by Mark Wahlberg's tough Detroit street accent), great action scenes, and an ending happy enough to make your heart melt the sixteen inches of snow in the film, Four Brothers is definitely worth checking out if not worth adding to your DVD collection.

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