Final Look At the B-Movies: Four Brothers.

22 Aug

This film only has a handful of main problems, which I shall outline below:

1) Terrible storyline 2) Terrible script 3) Terrible acting.   But that is why it is a B Movie I suppose.

Often a bad movie gets a bad rap after time passes.  However, too often this is not the case with some bad action movies, especially the movies that contain some decent action but besides that are completely worthless. This is the case with Four Brothers, the storyline is thin, and the acting is poor. Frankly, if I didn’t have guest over that wanted us to review it I would not have watched the who thing.

The clichés are all over the place in this plot. The two-bit hustler turned crime boss, the dirty city councilman who appears to be trying to clean up the neighborhood while he’s secretly in cahoots with said crime boss, the dirty cop killing his partner, the one good cop who really seems to care, the plot twist that leads them to wrongly suspect one of the “brothers,” the weakest brother dying because he was a little too brash, the boxing match to settle all scores ad nauseum.

The acting in this movie is just plain terrible. The best example is the Bobby Mercer line, as their running from the bodega to look for the guy with an afro who says something to the effect of, “that wasn’t a holdup, it was a contract killing. Let’s go!” They all take off at a brisk jog.  Clearly the writer/director/producer believes that a lot of stupid people are going to watch this film so they need the characters to spell out the plot “twists.” But why are they running? And why does Mark Wahlberg have to deliver each line like he’s reading a comic book? Honestly, that line should have been followed by the horn section doing the original Batman theme.  Moreover, given the different accents the characters all have, if this movie was to be in Detroit, the least they could have lead us to believe that the characters might actually be from Detroit.


Posted by on August 22, 2010 in Movie Reviews


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8 responses to “Final Look At the B-Movies: Four Brothers.

  1. dr H

    August 22, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Come on. It wasnt that bad. aside from some really mediocre acting, stock characters that are the ESSENTIAL for B grade movies and some gloomy weather, the movie wasnt that bad.
    These movies serve a real purpose –acknowledge quality when we see one.


    • jpfmovies

      August 23, 2010 at 11:12 pm

      I didn’t say they were not part of American cinema, I was merely pointing out (yes rather bluntly) the flaws in the movie which is why is “B” versus “A” material


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    August 22, 2010 at 8:33 pm

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  3. Bonnie

    August 23, 2010 at 11:23 am

    As long as the movie was full of stock characters anyway, I don’t see why they couldn’t have added one more character, maybe a friend of the brothers’ adoptive mother who died, who could have told it to them straight that their mother had to be rolling over in her grave about their violent reaction to her death — especially since it got her youngest son killed. I know I missed a scene here and there, but I don’t think there was any character who ever expressed that sentiment.

    Still, I agree with Dr. H that this one was a cut above the usual B movie — it was not nearly as bad as Reindeer Games, for example, or any of a number of other movies that contain so much violence that I don’t see how they could show them at theaters where moviegoers may be expecting to eat popcorn during the show — you’d think the theaters would be full of vomit after some of those movies are shown, or at least that everyone would lose their appetites…


  4. dr H

    August 26, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    We havent decided yet on an existensial question .
    Does a B movie have to be bad? Could a modest budget movie with an interesting theme and different treatment be called a B movie?
    What about last years Hangover?
    Do we call it A or B?


    • Will Silver

      August 26, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      The B movie doesn’t have to be bad or low-budget. Those are common associations though, so if you start talking about B movies to people, that’s what they generally think of. For me, B-movies have a sense of freedom where they aren’t tied down to typical film conventions.

      Hangover I’d still call an A movie. It’s not good, but it’s still pretty conventional and typical of recent Hollywood comedies. It is a fine line though.



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