ⓘ Four Brothers (film)

Four Brothers (film)

ⓘ Four Brothers (film)

Four Brothers is a 2005 American action film directed by John Singleton. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Andre Benjamin and Garrett Hedlund as adopted siblings who avenge the death of their mother. The film was shot in Detroit, Michigan and the Greater Toronto Area. Four Brothers was released in the United States on August 12, 2005.


1. Plot

The seemingly random murder of their adoptive mother, Evelyn Mercer Fionnula Flanagan, at a Highland Park, Michigan convenience store, brings four brothers back home to Detroit, Michigan to find out what happened. Originally under the impression the crime was a simple robbery-gone-wrong, the brothers soon discover that the robbery was merely a cover for what was, in fact, a hit put out on Evelyn. After this revelation, Bobby Mark Wahlberg, Angel Tyrese Gibson, Jeremiah Andre Benjamin and Jack Mercer Garrett Hedlund track down the hired guns who killed Evelyn. Refusing to say anything, they are unceremoniously executed by Bobby and Angel.

The next day, Detroit Police Lieutenant Green Terrence Howard and Detective Fowler Josh Charles confront the brothers about the murders. Lieutenant Green warns them that their interference with Evelyns case is ill-advised, and that it will eventually put them in over their heads. After confronting Jeremiah about the revelation of his failing business and benefiting from Evelyns life insurance, the brothers are treated to a somewhat different version of events. Jeremiah informs them that his construction company was failing precisely because he was not getting involved with gang lord Victor Sweet Chiwetel Ejiofor, and that for a project to succeed he had to pay off the right people, which he initially failed to do. In his effort to restore his business and relieve pressure from himself, he tried to pay off Sweets henchmen. As for the life insurance, Jeremiah explains that the money went directly to him for his daughters, because he paid all of Evelyns bills while his other brothers were not around.

Back at their home, during a confrontation with Jeremiah, Sweets men attack the brothers. Jack is shot and killed during the attack. Bobby finds one of the gunmen still alive and questions him about who sent them. He almost spares the gunman but is offended when the gunman mumbles "Thank God" and kills him anyway. When Lieutenant Green arrives, he tells them not to worry about any legal ramifications, assuring them that it will go down as self-defense. He also informs them that Evelyn filed a police report regarding Victor Sweet and his involvement in Jeremiahs affairs, and his partner, Detective Fowler, passed that report on to Sweet. Green warns the brothers to stay out of the matter and let him handle Fowler and then they will work together on Sweet. Later at a bar Green confronts Fowler, hitting him and ordering Fowler to hand in his badge. They walk out of the bar, and Fowler kills Green and calls it into dispatch claiming two assailants had fired upon Green.

The remaining brothers devise a plan to buy Victor Sweet off with the $400.000 from their mothers life insurance. When Sweet accepts, Angel sets off for Fowlers. Arriving at Fowlers, he subdues him. Jeremiah then goes to meet Sweet, while Angels girlfriend, Sofi, heads to the police station, where she tells the police that Angel is planning to kill a police officer. Hearing the sirens in the distance, Fowler thinks they are coming for Angel, until Angel opens his jacket showing a wire. Angel claims the whole conversation was taped, including Fowlers admission that he killed Green. The police arrive at Fowlers in full force, and Fowler gets the upper hand on Angel. With a gun pointed to Angels head, Fowler tells the police to back off, despite their pleadings that they are actually there to rescue Fowler. Fowler opens fire on the officers outside anyway, who return fire and kill him.

Meanwhile, at frozen over Lake St. Clair, Jeremiah meets with Sweet and reveals that the $400.000 is to buy off Sweets henchmen, who are already embittered towards him due to his blatant mistreatment of them, and kill Sweet in exchange. Sweet angrily demands to know who will be the one to kill him just as Bobby shows up. Bobby and Sweet brawl for a good five minutes, at the end, Bobby uses his hockey playing skills to get the upper hand and knocks Sweet unconscious. His former henchmen seal his fate after he is dropped in a hole carved into the ice, drowning him. The three brothers, taken into police custody, are beaten in an attempt to make them confess to the murder of Victor Sweet, which they do not. Back home, they set about repairing their mothers house, and continuing their lives together.


2. Cast

  • Tyrese Gibson as Angel Mercer
  • Terrence Howard as Lt. Green
  • Mark Wahlberg as Bobby Mercer
  • Sofia Vergara as Sofi
  • Fionnula Flanagan as Evelyn Mercer
  • Kenneth Welsh as Robert Bradford
  • Taraji P. Henson as Camille Mercer
  • Josh Charles as Detective Fowler
  • Barry Shabaka Henley as Councilman Douglas
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor as Victor Sweet
  • Garrett Hedlund as Jack Mercer
  • Andre Benjamin as Jeremiah Mercer
  • Lyriq Bent as Damian

3. Music

The music for the film includes, in a repeating refrain, the song "I Wish It Would Rain", written by Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield, and performed by The Temptations, courtesy of Motown Records.

Other music includes the following:

  • "What U Gon Do" by Lil Jon and The East Side Boyz feat. Lil Scrappy
  • "Brothers Gonna Work It Out" by Willie Hutch
  • "Knucklehead" by Grover Washington Jr.
  • "Got That Fire" by Mycale
  • "Inner City Blues Make Me Wanna Holler" by Marvin Gaye
  • "Jesus Walks" by Kanye West containing a sample of "Walk With Me" performed by The Arc Choir
  • "Dum Da Dum" by 2Xl
  • "T Plays It Cool" by Marvin Gaye
  • "Worlds Gonna End" by Josh Rifkin, Ben Levine, Chris Steele and Dave Hemann
  • "Dancing Machine" by The Jackson Five
  • "In The Thick" by The Co-Stars
  • "Motown Flava" by Spooky and The Chunk
  • "Trouble Man" by Marvin Gaye
  • "Shallow" by Porcupine Tree
  • "Smiling Faces Sometimes" by The Undisputed Truth
  • "Cloud Nine" by The Temptations
  • "Fur Elise" uncredited, written by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • "Do It Baby" by The Miracles
  • "Shake Me, Wake Me When Its Over" by The Four Tops
  • "Cleos Apartment" by Marvin Gaye
  • "Get Back" by Subway to Venus
  • "Somebody to Love" by Jefferson Airplane
  • "After Dark" by The Co-Stars
  • "Ride Out" by Blade Icewood
  • "Take A Look Around" by The Temptations
  • "Papa Was a Rollin Stone" by The Temptations
  • "Plastic Jesus" by Ed Rush and George Cromarty
  • "Oh Boy" by Eastside Chedda Boyz


4. Release

Four Brothers was released in the United States on August 12, 2005.

This film was released on VHS and DVD as separated widescreen and full-screen versions on December 20, 2005.


The grossed $92.5 million worldwide against a budget of $30 million.

On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 53% of 134 surveyed critics gave the film positive reviews. The consensus is: "Despite striking a believable rapport among its principal actors, Four Brothers overwhelms with ultra-violent, vigilante-glorifying action and devolves into too many fractured, insubstantial thematic directions."


5. Sequel

An article written in 2010 suggested that Paramount Pictures was developing a sequel for the film, with Mark Wahlberg returning to reprise his role. It would be written by David Elliot and Paul Lovett.

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