When a decorated Marine (Captain Sam Cahill - Tobey Maguire) goes missing overseas, his black-sheep younger brother (Tommy Cahill - Jake Gyllenhaal) cares for his wife (Grace - Natalie Portman) and children at home—with consequences that will shake the foundation of the entire family.
Contrary to the above synopsis and promotional trailers, this is not a movie about brotherly betrayal. It is about the horror of war and its impact on the soldiers and their families. What you don't see in the trailers but is a significant part of this movie is Maguire as a POW. After his helicopter is shot down, the military thinks and reports Maguire as dead but he is held captive and bruttaly tortured for 4-6 months.
- Jakey in a towel, looking super hot (like he could look bad) with really sexy tattoos. Especially the one going up his neck.
- The two little girls are amazing, especially the older of the two, Isabelle. Tobey may have gotten the Golden Globe nomination but this girl was a scene stealer and dead on with her emotions and facial expressions.
- Fine performances from all which include Mare Winningham and Sam Shepard.
- Insight into the war in Afghanistan we don't get to see or read about.
- Emotional and thought provoking without being melodramatic.
- A remake of a 2004 Danish film - we already have a remake of a film for a war that should have been over years ago (should never have been?) and is still going on.
- After seeing Precious then The Blind Side, seeing another movie where the main character is shut down and responds to questions, love and help with tight, strained lips and a blank look on their face is a bit frustrating, understandable, but frustrating. I guess the advice here is to not see the three films in the same week.
- Our government doesn't do enough for our returning soldiers. They may heal their bodies but they don't heal their minds or souls -- they don't even acknowledge the damage.
- A strong, good movie but not one that needs to be seen in the theater. At home you can hit pause and replay during Jake's towel scene.
- Jake didn't drop his towel.