Four Brothers

Apparently director John Singleton wanted Four Brothers to have the feel of an old Western, and he largely succeeds. Four Brothers is an extremely violent revenge tale – that of four adoptive brothers avenging the assassination of their mother. Strong performances from the four leads (Mark Wahlberg (okay, he’s kind of a hot-headed machine, but that’s more depth than he showed in The Italian Job), Tyrese Gibson, Andre Benjamin and Garret Hedlund), along with a reasonable plot (for an action movie) are undermined, however, by the final act, which feels like it borrows from every other revenge picture ever made. While I’m sure that Four Brothers is better than Singleton’s last effort (2 Fast 2 Furious), for a career that started with Boyz n the Hood and had a highlight as bright as Rosewood, I can’t help but think that Singleton’s just going through the motions. In the end, though, Four Brothers is a largely straightforward revenge movie, with the requisite plot twists and swerves, and enough bullets, blood and broken bones to satisfy the summer movie junk-food cravings.