The Sister’s Brother – Film Review

(The Atlantic, 2018)

On the night of The Sister’s Brothers screening event, I was pleasantly surprised with the venue. Upon arrival, the staff asked if I was there for the function. To my surprise, I responded with a no as I thought it was a simple movie screening, but soon I was to be swept into a frenzy of cold beverages, a compilation of fine dining French wine, belch worthy beers and a continuous entourage of tasting plates, filled with delicious cheese, breads and grapes to quench that sweet tooth. Absolutely magnificent! The Raine Square Theatre did everything in their power to ensure this French Film Festival night lived up to what one would expect to experience if they were in fact in France.

I only had a few beverages, but much like the majority of the audience, by the time the movie started I was in a very relaxed state of mind. Funnily enough a few members of the audience actually fell asleep coming in and out of consciousness throughout the movie, call it old age or a delightful wine filled intoxication if you will, but no one was complaining on this night.

The cinema itself was quite nice, with very comfy seating, dozens upon dozens of seats and a crystal clear picture with high quality surround sound to entice the auditory canals of the viewers.

This movie was not what I considered a regular John C. O’Reilly film. Whilst he still performed some swift jokes and fulfilled his comedic gifts, this film was very dark opposed to the earlier films he has starred in. A couple of brotherly assassins, exploring distant and close lands in order to take out their bounties and claim their financial rewards. They had quite the reputation and only those who were really ‘ballsy’ and wanted to big up their own reputations would even dare to challenge them.

The country scenes of this movie were nothing out of the ordinary. but you can’t help but love a good ol’ country western-style film. Every time I think to myself, the day of the cowboy is beyond us Hollywood decides to bring it back to life and scrape a few extra bucks. Pretty smart if you ask me!

The brothers were an interesting bunch, one was much wiser and less inclined to be a bounty hunter or assassin for the rest of his days. The other, drinking and shagging whores until the cows come home clinging on to his falsely perceived immortality as he thought he was above the law and didn’t need anyone to watch his back through the chaotic sagas that may prevail. And then, as it happened towards the end of the film, the younger brother decided to flip on their newly founded partners in crime, purely to keep all the treasures for himself. His greed and recklessness not only killed the men that he had grew to call friends, but also led to the amputation of his arm after an intentional toxic waste spillage had gone bad and severely damaged the lower region of his arm.

This limb had to be amputated without a doubt. The cellular damage that occurred was so severe and the toxic spread had to be ceased. So, they did what they had to do, got a saw and cut through the bone, followed by wrapping the wound in a bushman’s bandage. Did the trick!

He became useless, no longer able to stand on his own two feet. His big brother John C. O’Reilly had to bail him out of the scraps, killing all those who dared threaten him or his beloved younger brother. Now this is where it got weird; there was not really any kind of clue that this would happen, but upon their nice country horse ride, shoot-outs with bandits and anyone else that interfered, they ended up at the one place many still consider to be their safe haven, ‘mummy’s house’. Quite surprising at this time, I started to think “huh… so this is how it’s going to end. I like that actually…” And I was right! It was quite nice to see that a movie of such character and devilish intent, power, greed, murder could lead to the very thing that people often symbolise as love, being family. Upon arrival they exchanged greetings had a quick conversation, and the older brother sighed, laying in his old bed and closed his eyes. Which meant only one thing, he had finally found peace. I questioned why and was led to a newly found perception of the very creed of the movie and I asked myself what message the director was trying to get across. And that’s when it dawned on me! This movie wasn’t glorifying the badass behaviour that is commonly promoted on the big screen. This movie took us through a journey in time, a fictious but potentially factual life journey of two boy’s whom had been through the wars and had to kill to survive and as a result they could never stop killing. The older brother, the protector as he considered himself, would not lay idly by and do nothing and let his brother be killed, so he too risked it all just because in his heart, it was the only option. Let’s be real though, I am sure the large amounts of silver and gold they earned may have been comforting at times too.

To wrap it all up in a nutshell, this movie was somewhat unoriginal; it’s all been done before. So, I can’t award this movie very many brownie points in the scheme of things. It was dark, awkward at times, engaging and funny in others. If you’re looking to get out and see something suspenseful or have a laugh this is a definitely good movie choice. But keep in mind, from the get-go, it’s pretty predictable. All things considered I would rate this movie 3/5 starts, namely because I don’t mind a good old country western. If I consider the venue and the amazing service, food and drinks provided, I would rate the overall experience a 4/5 stars. It wasn’t top flight by any means, but it was a simple and somewhat perfect function in its own right.

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