Two Brothers

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3

Content: +3 1/2

In the jungles of Southeast Asia, tiger cubs Koumal and Sangha play among the temple ruins under their parents watchful eyes. Their idyllic world is turned upside down when a British hunter and adventurer, Aidan McRory (Guy Pearce), comes in search of Buddhist artifacts. The hunting party wins a life-or-death confrontation, and the orphaned cubs become separated. Aidan rescues Koumal from certain death, and the two quickly bond. Sangha becomes the beloved pet of five-year-old Raoul (Freddie Highmore), son of the colonial governor (Jean-Claude Dreyfus). After a year, the cubs now magnificent adults are taken into captivity. One brother is trained as a circus performer, and the other has become a ferocious fighter. Like two gladiators, Koumal and Sangha are eventually placed in an arena to fight to the death as entertainment for the royal family. This heart-wrenching drama draws viewers into a thrilling, emotional ride of natural beauty, love, tenderness, tragedy and suspense.

Two sides are presented in this moving film: that of the hunter who tells himself he is saving human lives by killing dangerous animals and that of the hunted who kill in self-defense when they are threatened. The film closes with an urgent plea to the public to save endangered animals. The movies wild animals are portrayed with nearly human qualities in the beautiful relationship between the cubs and their parents who die trying to save their children. The mother tiger falls into a trap as the hunters close in, and Koumal and Sangha are surrounded by a circle of fire after they escape their captors. Theres no visible bloodshed, but some action scenes are very intense. One old tiger is killed (off camera) when he outgrows his usefulness. But the overall tone of the film is uplifting, reminding us that all life is a precious gift from God. Preview recommends Two Brothers for the family but issues a strong warning that it is too intense for children under eight or sensitive kids.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: Few (3) times moderate (G-sake 2, in the name of G 1)

Violence: Many times moderate (hunters shoot tigers, cubs chained, tiger falls into pit, tigers trapped in circle of fire, implied killing of old tiger, animals trained to fight)

Sex: Once mild (brief image of tigers mating)

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: Plea for protection of wildlife, tender relationships between animals and their ability to connect emotionally with humans, humans exploit animals for financial gain

Running Time: 111 minutes
Intended Audience: Ages 8 and Older

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