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Two Brothers (2004)

Cast: Guy Pearce, Guy Pearce, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, more...
Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud, Jean-Jacques Annaud
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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Foreign, Adventure, Wilderness & Nature, UK
Running Time: 105 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: Spanish, French
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Like The Bear, director Jean-Jacques Annaud's acclaimed animal picture released 15 years prior, Two Brothers offers a family-friendly epic as told through the eyes of its four-legged protagonists, who, in this case, are sibling tiger cubs Koumal and Sangha. Though a life in the jungles of French colonial Indochina circa the 1920s seemed certain, the cubs are separated shortly after their birth when the notorious hunter Aidan McRory (Guy Pearce) kills their father. Koumal is whisked away to a circus, where he is cruelly beaten into submission and forced to perform tricks to earn his keep. Sangha fares better at first -- he lands in the posh estate of a French government official who wants the big cat to serve as a companion for his lonely son, though a series of unforeseen circumstances ultimately finds Sangha in the hands of a man determined to turn him into an aggressive prizefighter. Understandably, neither tiger is happy with his arrangements, and both escape captivity in hopes of returning to the jungle. Unfortunately for them, the prospect of two loose tigers is hardly comforting for the locals, who quickly demand that McRory kill the cubs before they threaten the safety of the village. Once McRory finds the tigers in their natural habitat, however, he faces a crisis of conscience he hadn't thought possible. Two Brothers also features Jean-Claude Dreyfus and Freddie Highmore. ~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

A good family film--if your family enjoys violence and death by talltale December 25, 2004 - 8:40 AM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Jean-Jacques Annaud has had a wonderfully varied career as a moviemaker (director/writer/ producer). His work spans "Black and White in Color" (which won Best Foreign Film), "Quest for Fire," "The Lover," "The Name of the Rose," "Enemy at the Gates" and "The Bear." His latest, TWO BROTHERS, would seem to hark back to "The Bear" in being an "animal" film. But something's gone wrong here. Perhaps the movie has been bowdlerized to make an "American" version--changed into some hybrid that falls between a children's film and a more rigorous, true-to-life animal movie. It comes off as too simple-minded, and it consistently cuts away from bloodshed or witnessing any moments of actual violence. Perhaps this is an attempt to make it more "child-friendly," but the nearly constant implied violence will be enough to frighten and horrify most children (as well as any adult animal lovers). While much of the footage of the tigers (cubs and adults) is delightful, most of the scenes involving people range from hackneyed and foolish to overdone and unbelievable. Give this one an eight-point rating for the animal/location photography but two points for everything else.

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