Brotherhood

(2010)

Genres: Crime, Drama

Review: Brotherhood

Transcript for Review: Brotherhood

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
Our next film is a sweaty, compact thriller called BROTHERHOOD. First-time director Will Cannon takes the basic premise of a heist-gone-wrong movie and moves the setting to a Texas college fraternity. After a botched prank involving some new pledges and a convenience store ends with a young man getting shot, and the students involved hole up in their frat house.

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IGNATIY:
At just 76 minutes long, BROTHERHOOD is lean and satisfying. It has a snappy pace, and Cannon manages to keep piling up action without making it seem completely contrived. The movie stays tense and unpredictable despite being set almost exclusively at two locations – the frat house and the convenience store. This is, simply put, a solid, economical piece of entertainment that doesn’t waste its time.

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
Ok, I have to admit that I know too much here because I was a sorority girl in Texas.

IGNATIY:
So was I.

CHRISTY:
Oh my God, I know! Nobody ever asked me to rob a convenience store and I kind of wish they had because it would have been a little more fun, but the way these guys act, and the decisions they make, and what takes place over one night. How do they function for a whole semester?  How have they been on campus since 1910 that they are so proud to brag about.  They are such idiots and they make such ridiculous choices over and over again that it’s just so self destructive, it just implodes.  

IGNATIY:
Now, I would say that that’s kind of the point, that they are kind of reprehensible people…

CHRISTY:
And yet you care about them?  

IGNATIY:
No, I don’t.

CHRISTY:
Ok.

IGNATIY:
In fact, I feel like that ending of the film, which I’m not going to give away, but which comes kind of as a surprise, it has this kind of implication that there’s something inherently wrong with this system and with this macho posturing that these characters engage in which is what leads them into the situation to begin with.

CHRISTY:
Well, and the one guy who is the voice of reason.  The pledge who is the smart one in the situation, makes no sense with the rest of these guys.  Why would he want to pledge this house, why would he want these guys to be his friends?  Join the nice guy house…join the reasonable guy house.  He makes no sense with them at all.

IGNATIY:
He strikes me more as like the lesser of the evils.  I don’t think he’s a completely good guy.  I don’t think anyone in this film is really a good guy and that’s kind of the point of it.

CHRISTY:
I couldn’t stand anybody, no I couldn’t stand it and because of it, I didn’t care what happened to them either.