When their beloved foster mother is killed in a holdup four tough brothers reunite in their old Detroit neighbourhood with revenge on their minds. Mark Wahlberg plays the brawl-hungry leader Bobby. His brother Angel (Tyrese Gibson) is a rowdy sailor with a high-strung Latina girlfriend (Sofi Vergara). Garrett Hedlun plays the young rock and roller of the clan. And Outkasts Andre 3000 Benjamin is the family man whose tenuous mob connection may link him to the killers. Director John Singleton ably blends his action skills (SHAFT 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS) and his gift for capturing the warm heart at the centre of violent urban masculinity (BABY BOY BOYZ N THE HOOD) to create a cooked-to-perfection gangster stew. A soundtrack jammed with 1970s Motown classics roots everything firmly in the gritty tradition of the best of that decades blaxploitation and urban revenge thrillers. Action highlights include a skidding car chase through snowy streets some rough street hockey and a bullet-intensive neighbourhood shoot-out. With its talented likeable cast clever plotting and sharp dialogue this is a real crowd-pleaser that nonetheless doesnt shy away from depictions of street violence. Theres not an ounce of fat on it no extraneous romance and no going straight at the end. Terrence Howard (HUSTLE & FLOW) is the well-meaning but ineffectual detective who tries to put a lid on the boys rebelliousness. The spirits of Dirty Harry and Charles Bronson should be proud and action fans will be well pleased.
Release Date: 03 November 2008
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 104 minutes
Production Year: 2005
Main Language: English
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