Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Garrett Hedlund and Andre '3000' Benjamin play four adopted brothers who reunite for their foster mother's funeral after she is gunned down in a grocery store hold-up. Things take a violent turn when they learn she was the victim of a hit and turn vigilante to hunt down her killer. Boyz N The Hood director John Singleton delivers a gritty urban thriller with a constant stream of bullets and brotherly banter.
For most of its length a good ol'-fashioned gangster film, this gets really silly towards the end, spoiling the tough-nut feel of earlier reels.
The brothers of the title are two white guys and two black (Mark Wahlberg, Garrett Hedlund, Tyrese Gibson, Andre Benjamin), reunited by the death of their adoptive mother (Fionnula Flanagan), gunned down in a store hold-up.
When it becomes apparent that Mom was actually the target of a hit (we never quite learn why), the brothers grimly set out for revenge.
There's an excellent shoot-out scene as our heroes are surrounded by hit-men, but Britain's Chiwetel Ejiofor wastes his talents as the villain, and the director tosses away his good work in the first hour with a ridiculous ice-bound climax that defies all logic.