Movie Review by Debbie Winkler
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, André Benjamin, Garrett Hedlund, Terrence Howard
Director: John Singleton
Release Date: 12 August 2005
Length: 109 minutes
Movie Rating: R
View Format: TV
My Rating: 3/5 stars
“John Singleton directs Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Garrett Hedlund and André “3000” Benjamin as Bobby, Angel, Jack and Jeremiah Mercer, four tight-knit brothers who look nothing alike but who know the true meaning of family. Returning home for their adoptive mother’s funeral, the grieving siblings learn she may actually have been murdered. Resolving revenge, they band together to make sure the killer pays.” — Netflix.com
This is a vigilante-style action thriller where the sons of the victim decide to take the law in their own hands and bring their foster mother’s killer to justice. Of course, police around the country hate movies like this as greeting violence with violence usually just results in a lot of dead bodies. The plot in this movie is so far-fetched that it is completely unbelievable, but this movie was made to appeal to a specific demographic in the action movie genre and, in that respect, it works just fine. Though far-fetched, the plot does treat the viewers to some unexpected twists and turns as the brothers battle their way through a web of deception and lies. I just wish that they had found a way to ramp up the story a little bit sooner as it had kind of a slow start for me.
The acting is decent in this movie, though nothing spectacular. There are a lot of explosions, gunshots and hand-to-hand fighting, none of which I found particularly unique or memorable. This movie just is what it is – an enjoyable, but forgettable action movie that you catch on TV after work. With so many action movies to choose from, this movie will surely get pushed to late night/early morning time slots and will not be on the top of anyone’s top 10 lists, but watching the movie is a decent way to pass a couple of hours of your time.
This movie features quite a bit of violence involving bombs, shootouts and hand-to-hand fighting that lead to a high body count. There is also quite a bit of strong language and some sexual references. Recommended for ages 14 and up on TV, 18 and up on DVD.