The Brotherhood of Justice (1986)
Back of the box...
“Derek (Keanu Reeves) and Victor (Kiefer Sutherland) are two young men caught in a web of violence and destruction. It begins when dealers and vandals smash Derek’s privileged circle. In response, he and his friends react by forming a vigilante group, which serves as protection and justice for the whole community. They call themselves the Brotherhood of Justice and they set out to rid society of its lowlifes—drug dealers, thieves, and delinquents.
At first the group is appreciated in the town—until its growth and power leads to even more corruption, vengeance and violence. Instead of providing a safe environment, their gang eventually becomes an even greater source of fear in the community, for they take on the role of judge, jury. . . and ultimately executioner. Anyone who does not abide by the laws of the secret society finds themselves on their list. Terror and chaos consume the town, as no one dares to cross the Brotherhood of Justice.”
Director: Charles Braverman
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Kiefer Sutherland, Lori Loughlin
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The Brotherhood of Justice is a so-bad-it’s-good made-for-TV movie about high school vigilantism starring Keanu Reeves, Kiefer Sutherland, Lori Loughlin, and Billy Zane. It has the feel of an after school special that A-list celebs were sentenced to as part of a plea bargain for calling a cop “Sugartits” during a DUI stop or getting busted shoplifting $5,500 worth of clothes from Saks 5th Avenue. But what are the chances of all of these celebrities getting caught at the same time? Pretty good! The message of the movie is questionable, bordering on irresponsible, as the movie flips our standard 80’s underdog perspective on its head and shifts our focus to the jocks and their justifications for terrorizing the less popular students. The rich, blazer-over-turtleneck wearing stars of the Santa Lucia High School football team are sick of the delinquent, drug dealing minorities defiling their campus (sorry, the movie’s kind of racist) and they’re gonna take the law into their own hands. Based on true events that took place at a Texas high school in 1985, the preppy jocks form the Brotherhood of Justice and set out to punish those deemed guilty of crimes ranging from tricking kids into smoking PCP to tattling on a jock for cheating on a test a year ago. The punishments range from pushing people into a pool during a party whilst wearing a Richard Nixon mask (Point Break foreshadowing?) to stabbing a dude in the butt during lunch break. Shot in Santa Cruz (Lost Boys foreshadowing?) as well as a few nearby locations such as Aptos High, Capitola Beach, and downtown Watsonville, we got excited when Keanu and friends showed up at the Boardwalk to deliver a beating in the arcade bathroom. Punctuating these beatdown moments is such a bizarre piece of “tension building” sound design that we thought it deserved its own drinking game: any time you hear crickets chirping - chug!