DVD: Brothers, For retail & rental (Lions Gate)

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Another remake, this US version of Susanne Bier's Danish drama stars Tobey Maguire as a marine who's held hostage in Afghanistan, and Jake Gyllenhaal as the brother who comforts Maguire's wife, Natalie Portman.

It's never very involving, largely because Bier's rough-edged characters have been sanded down until everyone is either a paragon of or menace to society. Indeed, Portman is so unimpeachably virtuous that the potential will-they-won't-they tension vanishes.