1h 36min | Drama | 6 December 2019 (Canada)
In 1926, a band of teenage boys arrive at Long Point Camp for the adventure of their lives. When their canoe capsizes in a freak summer storm, their holiday descends into a soul-shuddering fight for survival.
Brotherhood has a great story to tell, but canxe2x80x99t quite find the best way to tell it.
Set in the summer of 1926, writer/director Richard Bellxe2x80x99s ensemble drama-cum-survival thriller re-creates the Ontario camping getaway for teenage boys that turned into a terrifying test of will and strength when their war canoe capsized in Balsam Lake, stranding a dozen people in freezing water far from shore.
Itxe2x80x99s a hell of a tale xe2x80x93 and a true one xe2x80x93 though Bellxe2x80x99s decision to shift back and forth between pre- and post-disaster becomes increasingly frustrating as the film goes on, as does his tendency to underline the significance of the war metaphors lurking underneath. Therexe2x80x99s also the functional problem of half the movie taking place in water on a moonless night, giving cinematographer Adam Swica almost nothing to work with.
Bell orchestrates some fine moments among the young cast xe2x80x93 which includes The Orderxe2x80x99s Jake Manley and Northern Rescuexe2x80x99s Spencer Macpherson in key roles xe2x80x93 and Brendan Fehr and Brendan Fletcher find some compelling notes as the First World War veterans charged with minding the boys.
But therexe2x80x99s a nagging sense that Brotherhood is, ultimately, less than the sum of its parts. Maybe it should have been a radio play.
Director: Richard Bell
Writer: Richard Bell
Stars: Brendan Fehr, Brendan Fletcher, Jake Manley
Release Date: 6 December 2019 (Canada)
Filming Locations: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada