Jim Sheridan expertly directs this story of siblings on different paths. Tobey Maguire excels as the heroic soldier, and Jake Gyllenhaal delivers as the jackleg felon. The tale explores the horrors of war and the changes people can make in their lives. Supporters Natalie Portman and Sam Shepard are solid, while ten-year-old Bailee Madison truly impresses.
***⅛ (out of *****)
©2018 David R. George III
2009 • 1 HOUR, 45 MINUTES
LIONSGATE • RELATIVITY MEDIA, LLC • SIGHVATSSON FILMS • MICHAEL DE LUCA PRODUCTIONS, INC.
• JIM SHERIDAN
NO 2009 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS