Picks and Pans Review: Four Brothers

updated 08/22/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/22/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson
DRAMA

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Four tough guys set out to avenge their adoptive mother's murder. Two are white (Wahlberg and Garrett Hedlund); two are black (Gibson and OutKast's André Benjamin). Guess that makes this ultra-gritty, preposter ously violent, rather pointless exercise an equal-opportunity exploitation flick. Director John Singleton (2 Fast 2 Furious) aims to update a classic western plot. And while many of the elements are there—the male-bonding humor, some nicely staged gunfights—the crucial moral code is missing. With their taste for killing in cold blood, these guys aren't antiheroes—they're just thugs. (R)

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