Brotherhood of Murder
Showtime // Unrated // $24.98 // February 20, 2001
Review by Chuck Arrington | posted August 15, 2001
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BROTHERHOOD OF MURDER

Storyline....

Tom Martinez (William Baldwin) is an angry man. After finishing his tour in the U.S.Army, he returns home to partake of the American dream. However, with few applicable skills and an ever increasing "tech-intensive" labor force Tom's lack of both education and marketability make him a prime candidate for the unemployment lines. A White male who feels disenfranchised, angry, bitter and desperate best describes Tom's current situation. It also makes him an easy mark for recruitment within "The Order". The Order is an Aryan supremacy group that preys on the emotions of the kind of person Tom has become. Bob Matthews (Peter Gallagher) endears himself to Tom as the charismatic leader of the group. Through gifts of cash and the allure of friendship and the supposed understanding of his plight, Bob gives Tom refuge in the belief that his problems are not of his making and creates another faithful servant of the Aryan Order. However everyone has a limit. And while espousing racial hatred and animosity doesn't bother Tom, taking it to a physical level does. In short order Tom realizes that the members of "The Order" are playing for keeps when their rhetoric actually begins taking on tangible shape in the form of flooding a small community with counterfeit cash and the brutal murder of a Jewish radio talk show host. Recognizing that the agenda of "The Order" has nothing of any good in store for him, Tom's life in "The Order" and that of his family reach an impasse. If he leaves, he'll be considered a traitor to which the only exit is death by beheading. If he stays he will be made to do the unthinkable. Blood they say is thicker than water and in this brotherhood there are no families and no excuses.

Audio/Video:

Showtime Entertainment as a rule, produces their "made for cable" entries in a standard 1:33.1 full frame. Brotherhood of Murder, is no different. The transfer is very clean with good color saturation and deep black levels. There are one or two moments of pixellation but other than that, a very nice full frame transfer. The audio is presented in DD2.0 with LFE involvement. The dialogue is very clear and easily understood. The LFE comes into play with the explosions and gunshots employed throughout the film.

Extras:

The extras for the disc are primarily a bio section as well as a photo gallery. Additionally, an interview "making of" segment featuring Baldwin and Gallagher is included. It's pretty brief and provides the usual in the way of opinions and comment of the intensity of the film and the drive to educate the viewer as to the reality of these groups, as well as how to defend against them.

Overall:

BrotherHood of Murder is a chilling look at the savage and deadly world of the hate group. It's an interesting film that's well produced. However, given the subject matter and the film's intensity it's probably not going to make a return visit to the player once it's seen. For that reason only, it's a rental as opposed to a purchase. Rental



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