After a series of violence at their high school, football quarterback Derek and his friends misinterpret a plea for peace as a call to arms and form the Brotherhood of Justice. As the group of student vigilantes hands out their form of justice, they grow more and more bold until the group becomes seriously misguided.
Keanu Reeves (Derek), Kiefer Sutherland (Victor), Lori Loughlin (Christie), Joe Spano (Principal Grootemat), Darren Dalton (Scottie), Evan Mirand (Mule), Don Paul (Collin), Gary Riley (Barnwell), Billy Zane (Les), Danny Nucci (Willie).
Brotherhood of Justice is a surprisingly good film despite being a made for TV movie with a rather simple plot. With some brief development up front the film moves to the story and things begin moving along pretty well. The story flows nicely with plot points blended in well. Audience sympathy for the students comes easily however connecting with individual actors is a bit more difficult. Surprisingly the film has a realistic ending rather than a Happily Ever After finish.
Acting was rough but entertaining. Reeves overplayed his role a bit and came off as something of a dork but it was interesting to see him, Sutherland, Loughlin, and Zane when they were young and inexperienced yet showing the promise of who they would each become. Supporting work was fairly well done and even there a few promising names can be found.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were nothing special but fairly well done for a TV movie. Dialogue was good with nice drama, some campy lines, and some mild comedy. Sound and soundtrack were both well done.
Overall Brotherhood of Justice doesn’t develop the energy needed to be a really good film but it is still somewhat entertaining. Those who went to high school in the mid-80’s may like this the most and enjoy seeing the clothes and hairstyles they remember.
With mild foul language and some violence this should be fine for teens and above.
Brotherhood of Justice is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
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