What's new : MMA (mixed martial arts) in a Bollywood film
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Story: The film opens with a scene where a TV channel shows a report on street-fighting and how Peter Breganza (Kiran Kumar) has plans to give this sport a much needed facelift by organizing the world renowned R2F aka 'Right To Fight' tournament.
Cut to we see Gary Fernandes (Jackie Shroff) being released from the jail after serving an imprisonment sentence. His sons David (Akshay Kumar) and Monty Fernandes (Sidharth Malhotra) can't stand the sight of each other. Further David holds Gary and Monty responsible for an unfortunate event that changed their family equations forever.
While the hot-headed Monty stays with his father, David's life revolves around his wife Jenny (Jacqueline Fernandez) and their 6 year old daughter Maria (Naisha Khanna) who is suffering from a kidney ailment.
When David is fired from his physics teacher job for being a street-fighter, he has no other choice but to enter the R2F tournament with the help of Pasha (Ashutosh Rana) for the survival of his family and to earn some quick buck for the treatment of his ailing daughter. On the other hand Monty enters his name in the tournament after one of his viral street-fighting videos makes him an overnight sensation.
What will happen when these two brothers who are blood-thirsty for each other come face-to-face in the tournament? Will this fighting arena be their battleground to settle scores? What will they prefer to choose- revenge or forgiveness.
Performances: Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra as the warring brothers, David and Monty Fernandes have played their roles quite well. One can see the hard training that they underwent to get into the skin of their character. Jackie Shroff makes a terrific comeback with this film as the helpless father who tries his best to mend scarred relations. Some of his emotional scenes bring a lump to your throat. Jacqueline Fernandez as Akshay's doting wife is good in her role. Her deglam avatar is quite refreshing. Shefali Shah is impressive in her cameo role. The supporting cast of Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Ashutosh Rana and Kiran Kumar have done a decent job.
Direction: Karan Malhotra who last made 'Agneepath' is back with yet another testosterone driven saga which is said to be an official remake of Gavin O'Connor's 'Warriors'. However his film impresses but only in parts and pieces. The screenplay ends up disappointing you at places. Also the plot has several loose ends that you just can't ignore. In some parts the story even falls flat and induces yawns. The first half of the film moves at a snail's pace since the director focuses on establishing his characters and building their emotional connect with the audience. However post interval it picks up momentum and sucks you in the vortex of action. Still Akiv Ali's editing could have been a bit crispier. Hemant Chaturvedi's cinematography is top-notch. Ajay-Atul's music is not exactly a sort of chartbuster. The makers should have skipped Kareena Kapoor Khan's item number as it only adds to the length of the film. Siddharth-Garima's dialogues have nothing new to offer.
Verdict: We give 'Brothers' Claps for Akshay, Sidharth, Jackie and the MMA action scenes. In a nutshell watch the film only for the kicks and punches and you won't be disappointed.