I’m a fan of any movie with violence, gun fights, and a decent story. This movie had all three. Let’s recap, in case you live under a rock and never heard of this movie. Evelyn Mercer was a do-gooder, sweet old woman. She had four adopted sons (played by Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Andre Benjamin, and Garrett Hedlund), who were the bastard children from an orphanage, that no one else wanted. Someone killed Evelyn Mercer, in an apparent robbery. But, this was no robbery. It was an assasination. So, the four brothers, who were petty theives and criminals, banded together to find out who killed their mother, and avenge her death.
The story takes on various twists, and has a great storyline to it, unlike most action movies these days. The writers of this movie put careful thought into this script, and I think they did a great job. It wasn’t your standard good guys versus bad guys movie, it was much more elaborate than that.
The cast was great. I was skeptical at first, seeing as how Andre Benjamin is a rapper, and we know what happens when rappers try to act. But they all put on a great performance. I’m a fan of Mark Wahlberg’s, so there was never a doubt in my mind he’d put on a great performance. But the supporting cast (the other brothers) were great too. They all worked well together, throughout the whole movie.
The movie takes place in Detroit, and if it wasn’t actually filmed there, they did a damn good job making it seem like they did. Other than doing a good job of making me think it was filmed in Detroit, the production wasn’t fantastic. It didn’t stand out to me. I didn’t feel as though I’d just watched a movie that should win any awards for film making.
Overall, I’m dissappointed that I didn’t see this movie in the theater. I’m sure it would have been better on the big screen. Watching it at home, just wasn’t the same, I’m sure. I’d definitely say to get this movie when the DVD comes out, I’m sure it’d be absolutely worth the price of renting, or Netflixing it.
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