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Four Brothers (2005)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 1 July 2005 (USA)
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When their adopted mother is gunned down in a store robbery the 'four brothers' investigated the murder for themselves & look for the killers but not all is what it seems.

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John Singleton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Bobby Mercer
Tyrese Gibson ... Angel Mercer
André Benjamin ... Jeremiah Mercer
Garrett Hedlund ... Jack Mercer
Terrence Howard ... Lt. Green
Josh Charles ... Detective Fowler
Sofía Vergara ... Sofi
Fionnula Flanagan ... Evelyn Mercer
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Victor Sweet
Taraji P. Henson ... Camille Mercer
Barry Shabaka Henley ... Councilman Douglas
Jernard Burks ... Evan
Kenneth Welsh ... Robert Bradford
Tony Nappo ... Charlie
Shawn Singleton Shawn Singleton ... Victor Hoodlum
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Storyline

Four adopted brothers come to avenge their mother's death in what appears to be a random killing in a grocery store robbery. However, the boys' investigation of the death reveals more nefarious activities involving the one brother's business dealings with a notorious local hoodlum. Two cops who are trying to solve the case may also not be what they seem. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellosuth.net>

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Angel Mercer wants to know who killed his mother. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Mark Wahlberg Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,176,925, 14 August 2005

Gross USA:

$74,494,381

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$92,374,674
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2.39 : 1
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Bradley Cooper was considered for the role of Bobby Mercer. See more »

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When Angel Mercer slams the apartment door on the two Rottweilers, it is slightly ajar so the dogs would actually be able to just run into the door open to get inside. See more »

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[first lines]
Evelyn Mercer: Ok, Darnell, so the candy just happened to jump into your pocket, huh? Well I don't think so. Samir's going to call the police right now. Samir, the police!
Darnell: Please don't call the police, man, please!
Evelyn Mercer: That's what happens when you shoplift. There's consequences.
Darnell: But it's just some damn candy! I don't wanna go to jail!
Evelyn Mercer: Well you can probably get away with stealing sometimes, Darnell, but sooner or later you're gonna get caught. Is that the way you want to lead your life?
Darnell: No.
Evelyn Mercer: I happen ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The Paramount logo in the beginning has snow falling upon it. The end credits show scenes of each of the brother's past. Bobby is seen fighting in a hockey game and has the front of his teeth knocked out. Jeremiah is seen leading a worker's protest outside of a factory. Angel is seen trying to buy an airline ticket with a stolen credit card (once the clerk finds out, Angel runs away). Jack is seen playing the guitar and singing in a band (he waves his pierced tongue at his fans). See more »

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On the MTV, VH1, Paramount Network and airline versions, the shower scene where a few guys take this was blurred. See more »


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Cloud Nine
by Barrett Strong & Norman Whitfield (as Norman J. Whitfield)
Performed by The Temptations
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Four times the mayhem in "Four Brothers"
2 September 2005 | by dee.reidSee all my reviews

I have to admit "Four Brothers" is not a movie I was giddy about seeing. I didn't have really high expectations and why should I, much less you? Well, if you do have high expectations, you better lower them, because "Four Brothers" is not a deep and involving picture but is really more of a straight-forward action flick with a few sly one-liners thrown in for good measure.

There's not a single wince of brain activity throughout it, though the four "brothers" of the title (Mark Wahlberg, Andre Benjamin, Tyrese Gibson, Garrett Hedlund), explained by one character as being "total f**k-ups," do express a convincing degree of unity in that you actually believe they're related through their deceased, adopted mother Evelyn Mercer (Fionnula Flanagan).

Wahlberg is Bobby Mercer, the courageous tough-talking eldest brother and the one with a chip on his shoulder. Not surprisingly, he does the most talking and is the obvious leader. Benjamin is Jeremiah Mercer, the only one of the four to really make something of himself in that he has a legitimate business, a wife (Taraji P. Henson) and children, and the closest ties to their mother. Gibson is Angel Mercer, a (former) soldier of fortune who has the ladies (including feisty Latina Sofia Vergara), the bragging rights, and the connections. Lastly, Hedlund is Jack Mercer, the youngest and grungiest of the four who's also a wannabe rocker and had the most troublesome childhood of them all.

The four are reunited at the funeral of their dear mom, who was viciously slain in a liquor store robbery. The brothers suspect that because of the particularly heinous nature of the crime, their mother may not have been some innocent bystander but was really executed, and the robbery itself was just there to throw off the cops.

After much contemplation and not even bothering to heed the warnings of two flaky detectives (played by Terrence Howard and Josh Charles), the four go after their mom's killer. It shouldn't be any surprise that they find their mother had been inadvertently drawn into the middle of some big insurance scheme or something along those lines (it's not really all that well explained), so the brothers look to settle the score with anyone - everyone.

As directed by John Singleton (whose outstanding landmark 1991 debut "Boyz N the Hood" remains the pinnacle of his career), "Four Brothers" is loud, dumb, and violent. The plot does a little more than resemble "The Sons of Katie Elder" (1965), which I haven't seen, but I doubt it was as lacking in intelligence as "Four Brothers."

However, the movie should be praised because it is strangely appealing (the totally PC leads notwithstanding), and the action is fast and furious, culminating in an impossible car chase through the ice-slicked Detroit streets during a snowstorm. And Singleton shows he hasn't completely lost my respect in that he's a good director during these scenes and succeeds in creating a believable atmosphere of unity amongst the four brothers.

I expect this movie to be a success, since it's the last week of the summer and the August season of blockbusters has passed. But hey, it's the last week of the summer, "Four Brothers" is playing, and so don't everybody rush to the theaters. OK?

7/10


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