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[[caption-width-right:300:They came home to bury mom... [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge and her killer.]]]]

A loosely based remake of the 1965 western film ''The Sons of Katie Elder'', ''Four Brothers'' is a 2005 movie about what happens when beloved citizen Evelyn Mercer is murdered in a store heist. Her four dangerous adoptive sons come to her funeral: Bobby Mercer (MarkWahlberg), Angel Mercer (Tyrese Gibson), and Jack Mercer (Creator/GarrettHedlund) join the regenerated ex-union leader, Jeremiah Mercer ([[{{Music/OutKast}} André 3000]]). They decide to investigate the murder, discover that her execution was intentional, and resolve to find the criminals by themselves.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: At least two of the brothers, Bobby and Jack, are alluded to having these (either biological or foster) before Evelyn adopted them.
* AloofBigBrother: Bobby could be considered this prior to his mother's murder, although he becomes much more [[BigBrotherMentor involved]] after returning to Detroit.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Jack is often treated like this, especially when he tries to act as the OnlySaneMan by telling his brothers to stop doing something dangerous or stupid. Unfortunately, he's often promptly told to shut up.
* AsianStoreOwner: The owner of the store where Evelyn was killed is Middle Eastern.
* {{Badass}}: All of the four brothers share this trait, though its Bobby and Angel who do most of the work.
** Jeremiah's more of a RetiredBadass
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Bobby's last name goes really well with the tattoo he has inked in across his back: "No Mercy".
* BadBoss: Victor Sweet.
* BatmanGambit: The brothers pull one off at the end, [[spoiler:exploiting Victor Sweet's BadBoss tendencies to turn his men against him while playing on the paranoia of DirtyCop Fowler to manipulate him into getting himself killed.]]
* BerserkButton: Don't ever hurt a member of Bobby Mercer's family or talk bad about Evelyn around Jack. Period.
* BigBad: Victor Sweet.
* BigBrotherInstinct: The three oldest brothers all have this, but it's ''especially'' clear in Bobby.
* BigLittleBrother: The youngest of the four brothers, Jack, is by far the tallest. Coincidentally, Bobby is the shortest.
* ButtMonkey: Jack.
* CarChase: Bobby, Angel, and Jack chase down the men who were [[spoiler:hired to kill their mother]] through Detroit during a blizzard.
** On rims when their front tires get shot.
* TheCasanova: Angel certainly acts like one, although the results can be questionable at times.
* ClusterFBomb: All over the place, especially if Bobby's in the scene.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Bobby is not at all above this if it gets him the information that he wants or the person killed a member of his family.
--> "Now I gotta light your ass on fire! All I wanted was a name, but you're gonna make me turn your ass into the black gingerbread man now!"
* CosmicPlaything: Jack.
* [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack City]]: Detroit is definitely portrayed as this.
* CreatorCameo: Jon Singleton is the goalie of the opposing hockey team during the [[IceHockey Turkey Cup]] scene.
* TheCutie: Jack.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: All of the brothers have this in spades.
* UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}
* DirtyCop: [[spoiler:Detective Fowler]].
* TheDanza : Sofia Vergara as Sofi.
* TheDogBitesBack: Victor Sweet's abused underlings probably would have turned on him for free, but [[spoiler:the $400,000 Bobby bribes them with is enough for them to happily bury Sweet under a frozen lake once Bobby's done knocking the shit out of him]].
* DontTellMama: Implied to have happened quite often, both in the past and present. Of course, it's also stated that Evelyn always found out what they did anyways.
* TheDragon: [[spoiler:Detective Fowler]].
* EmbarrassingNickname: Jack has plenty including "Cracker Jack", "Jackie Poo" and "Little Fairy".
* EngineeredPublicConfession
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: And how.
* FakeAmerican: Creator/ChiwetelEjiofor, who is British, plays Victor Sweet
* FanDisservice: In the same scene in which we get FanService, Bobby is sitting on the toilet reading the newspaper. Angel tells him to light a match.
* FanService: Every brother but Bobby gets a shirtless scene and as a bonus Jack is completely naked in the shower. Also Sofi in her lacy bra and panties.
* FlawExploitation: The brothers brutally exploit Victor Sweet's [[spoiler:mistreatment of his workers, turning them against Sweet with the right incentive.]]
* FlippingTheBird: Numerous times, both by the brothers and the hired guns. The latter usage has [[TearJerker tragic results]].
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Jeremiah and Jack are far more responsible and rational than their more impulsive and hot-headed brothers, Bobby and Angel.
** Making [[spoiler: Jack's death]] all the more surprising.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The brothers seem to fit this — Bobby is Choleric, Jeremiah is Melancholic, Angel is Sanguine, and Jack is Phlegmatic.**
* FourIsDeath: Enforced then subverted.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: The brothers successfully track down and finish off their mother's killer, but they never anticipated losing [[spoiler:their youngest brother]] in the process.
* GoodIsNotNice: All four brothers, especially Bobby.
* HappilyAdopted: Jack states in a deleted scene that they never went in search of their biological parents because Evelyn was enough.
* HappilyMarried: Jeremiah's wife is incredibly loving and understanding, Jeremiah thinks of her and the kids as he's stabbing a man to death.
* HairTriggerTemper: Bobby and Victor.
* HighAltitudeInterrogation: PlayedForLaughs but [[spoiler:they drop him anyway.]]
* IceHockey: A number of scenes revolve around either playing, discussing, or watching the sport. One scene even includes a CreatorCameo.
* ImpliedDeathThreat: Bobby and Angel love this trope, as does Victor Sweet and his cronies. However, by the climax, full-out [[IllKillYou death threats]] become more the norm.
* InSeriesNickname: Bobby was known as the Michigan Mauler during his minor league ice hockey days.
* KickTheDog: [[BadBoss Victor Sweet's]] usual way of punishment even going so far as forcing [[{{Mook}} Evan]] and his wife to eat food off of the floor for "sitting in his seat". He also demands that one of his mooks let him have sex with his fiancee. [[spoiler:Luckily, he never gets to.]]
* [[spoiler:KillTheCutie]]: In classic Jon Singleton Style.
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Bobby. He turns into this when any of his brothers are hurt, but especially Jack.
* LyingToThePerp: [[spoiler:Fowler's ultimate demise.]]
* MachiavelliWasWrong: [[spoiler:Sweet's BadBoss tendencies are the source of his downfall.]]
* MamaBear: Evelyn in general, [[spoiler: but especially evident when she goes to the police after finding out that Victor Sweet was trying to illegally shut down Jeremiah's development project.]]
* ManlyTears : Many tears are shed, but especially Bobby.
* MookFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Victor Sweet's men turn against him, thanks to the brothers paying them money Sweet has been withholding. Sweet forgot the Union history with his men - Union guys stand up for their own rights.]]
* MoralityChain: Evelyn was this to the title characters. The film starts with her grisly murder, and then the boys find out that [[spoiler: this wasn't a random mugging, but she was ''executed'' per orders of the BigBad]].
* NeverTrustATrailer: Many of the TV spots for the film made it seem like a comedy, with a scene leading to the death of a major character being taken out of context and PlayedForLaughs.
* NiceGuy: Jack.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: During the shooting [[spoiler: when Jack is shot and killed]] Bobby is so enraged that Angel has to pull him off of the guy in mid-gunfight.
* NWordPrivileges: All of the characters do this, but Bobby is definitely the worse offender, especially since he's white and tends to drops N-bombs like candy whenever he's pissed off. This is likely a result of Bobby growing up with two black brothers and living in one of the roughest neighborhoods of Detroit.
* PapaWolf: Jeremiah slowly gets to this in the end.
* ParentalAbandonment: Angel and Bobby don't even have adoption papers.
* PlayingAgainstType: Creator/ChiwetelEjiofor as a gangster.
* PreMortemOneLiner: "You killed my mother and [[spoiler:my little brother]], you motherfucker. Thank Victor Sweet!" [[BlackScreenOfDeath BANG!]]
* PyroManiac: Bobby seems to love playing with fire, to the point where Jerry is fearful for his house's safety. He also likes to threaten people with it.
-->'''Jeremiah:''' Do you remember when I built that tree house and you burnt that shit down? Boy, I wanted to kick your ass!\\
'''Bobby:''' Don't worry, your house is brick, I ain't gonna burn it down.
* RedOniBlueOni: Bobby and Angel are as red as you can get, Jeremiah and Jack are quite clearly in the blue.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler: Doubly over]].
* ScaryBlackMan: Angel likes to use this stereotype to intimidate people during interrogations.
* SceneryGorn: The depressingly colorless scenes of a rundown, desolate, and snowy UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} are eerily haunting.
* SiblingTeam: And probably [[EstrogenBrigadeBait one of the sexiest.]]
* SnowMeansDeath: Bobby and Angel [[spoiler: shoot their mother's killers]] in the middle of thick snow fall.
* SpicyLatina: Angel's on again-off again girlfriend, Sofi.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: When Lt. Green goes to confront [[spoiler:Fowler]] at the bar, The Undisputed Truth's "Smiling Faces Sometimes" is playing on the jukebox.
* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: [[spoiler: Jack's death.]]
* TheDogBitesBack: Oh yes and it's awesome.
* TheSiege: Happens when Sweet's men goes to attack the Mercers at their home.
* TragicKeepsake: Evelyn's rosary, which Bobby wears around his neck during the movie.
* TranquilFury: Bobby's final fight with [[spoiler: Sweet]].
* VigilanteExecution: The Mercer brothers take out many of Sweet's cronies and [[spoiler: eventually Sweet himself]] without any permanent legal repercussions.
* VillainProtagonist: Bobby is this or NominalHero.
* ViolenceDiscretionShot: Played straight with Evelyn's murder, but later subverted when Bobby watches the security footage and we see her being gunned down.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Sofi and Bobby seem to be this, they argue and insult each other constantly but she seems to be the only person other than his brothers that he trusts to get stuff done.
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