Four Brothers | Chicago Reader

Four Brothers

A career low for Mark Wahlberg and director John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood), this ridiculous mean-streets adventure starts out like a Hell's Kitchen melodrama from the 30s and eventually spins off into a series of gunfights, beat downs, and trite Motown numbers. Wahlberg and his three foster brothers (one white, two black) reunite in Detroit to avenge the death of their saintly adoptive mother (Fionnula Flanagan), who's been shot during a corner-store stickup. Among the absurdities dreamed up by screenwriters David Elliot and Paul Lovett are a palatial suburban home with no burglar alarm, a murder site where the bodies are bagged up by uniformed officers before the detectives arrive, a point-blank execution explained away as self-defense, and a bar where one cop can shoot another without anyone noticing. R, 102 min.

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