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Two Brothers (U)
Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

From the director of Enemy at the Gates and Seven Years In Tibet comes one of the most fascinating movie prospects of the year. Imagine a children's story about two tigers growing up in an Asian jungle. Imagine they get separated from their mother and from each other. Imagine they get moved around repeatedly and one day, years later, they are pitted against each other in a fight to the death. Is it starting to sound a bit like The Lion King? Well, now imagine that this film is not animated, but filmed with live tigers, has no narration and the tigers have no voices of any kind.

Ahhhh, I want one!
Ahhhh, I want one!

Two Brothers is a beautifully filmed piece of fiction, in which the stars are not the human actors (Guy Pearce and a boy who looks like Tim Henman aged six), but two tigers named Kumal and Sangha. If you choose to go and see this film, you will be absolutely stunned at how well the filmmakers have made the animals convey emotions, and you will constantly be wondering how on earth they have achieved their stunning results. Director Jean-Jacques Annaud has used all his knowledge from his previous animal story The Bear and a team of expert animal trainers to capture footage that is nothing short of fantastic.

Of course, this process wasn't easy. Thirty tigers were used to make the film, and a continuous worldwide search for 7-12 week old tiger cubs took place during production. Annaud also opted to use the latest High Definition digital cameras to allow him to film the animals for long periods and reload the cameras quickly. I can recommend checking out the official movie website for some fascinating reading on the incredible techniques they used to film the tigers.

Perhaps the only thing wrong with this film is that it is quite hard to pick out the storyline. The viewer is never really sure what to expect next, who the good and bad guys are or what we want to happen at the end. Sub-plots are introduced but never resolved and characters appear who seem to serve little or no purpose. Towards the end of the film, it is made more apparent that the film is less about the story and more about a statement against the hunting of animals.

If you're looking for something to take the children to see, then this is a real treat for all the family and even with no kids in tow this is well worth seeing for its sheer originality and near perfect execution.

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Length: 109 minutes
Certificate: U
Official Site: http://www.twobrothersmovie.net
IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338512/
Release Date: 23rd July 2004

Top Five Rating: 70.0%70.0%70.0%70.0%70.0%70.0%70.0%70.0%70.0%70.0% (70.0%)
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