Un film cenusiu, sa se potriveasca cu perioada in care se desfasoara filmul. Se prezinta drama unei familii din New York ce doreste sa accentueze relatia dintre frati in principal. Cu multi actori unul si unul, toata miscarea se invarte in jurul lor, cu bune si cu rele, ca in final sa tragi singur concluzia, cum ca orice s-ar intampla intre 2 persoane, in final dupa toate, ei tot frati sunt si-si salveaza pielea unul altuia. Chiar daca distributia este impresionanta, actiunea nu e cine stie ce, poate doar invatatura pe care ar trebui sa o tragi dupa vizionarea lui. Pe tot timpul filmului am trait cu impresia ca au disparut subit momente, parca ramaneau fara idei si erau gen " let's skip this " ...
New York, 1974. Fifty-year-old Chris (Clive Owen) has just been released on good behavior after several years in prison following a gangland murder. Reluctantly waiting for him outside the gates is his younger brother, Frank (Billy Crudup), a cop with a bright future. Chris and Frank have always been different, and their father, Leon (James Caan), who raised them alone, seems to favor Chris despite all his troubles. Yet blood ties are the ones that bind, and Frank, hoping that his brother has changed, is willing to give him a chance - he shares his home, finds him a job, and helps him reconnect with his children and his ex-wife, Monica (Marion Cotillard). But Chris' inevitable descent back into a life of crime proves to be the last in a long line of betrayals, and after his brother's latest transgressions, Frank banishes him from his life. But it's already too late, as the brothers' destiny is bound together, forever.