Monday, December 2, 2013
Movie review: Homefront is ho-hum action thriller
Save it for Netflix.
Phil Broker (Jason Statham), an ex-DEA agent, has moved his family to a small Louisiana town in the hopes of getting a fresh start after the death of his wife from illness and a brutal end to an undercover case of his. For a while they live quiet lives. Then things heat up for Broker and his daughter Maddy (Izabela Vidovic) after a small incident at school with the bully Teddy. Cassie, Teddy’s mom, asks her brother, the local villain and drug guy, "Gator" Bodine (James Franco) to take care of it. As Gator pokes his nose around he discovers Broker's past.
The movie also stars Kate Bosworth, Marcus Hester, Clancy Brown, Winona Ryder, Omar Benson Miller, Rachelle Lefevre, Frank Grillo, Chuck Zito, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Linds Edwards, Austin Craig, Owen Harn, Stuart Greer, Christa Campbell, Amin Joseph, Christopher Alan Weaver and Craig Stark.
Homefront, which is surprisingly adapted for the screen by Sylvester Stallone, is your typical middle of the road, action thriller. Plain and simple. Aside from the fact that Stallone wrote the screenplay for this movie, there isn’t anything surprising or even exciting about the film. It is all pretty straight forward. You know the story from the beginning. You know what type of action there will be and you can anticipate the outcome -- if you have seen any other action film, particularly one starring Statham.
The story is fine, although I have a feeling the book it’s based on is far more robust. The dialogue lacks finesse, but what do you expect from Stallone who is straight-shooter with his writing? Take The Expendables -- all of them -- as your example of his style. There is something almost retro about the feel of the film. You will either like or hate this. Me, I can appreciate it for what it was meant to be. In terms of the rest of the film, Statham is well … Statham. He is always so cool, calm and collected in these action thriller roles he plays. This isn’t one of his best performances but it’s also not his worst for sure.
RATING7/10 stars – Nothing new here, just another so-so action film.
Franco makes an interesting pseudo bad guy, and the leads mix well together in the few scenes they're actually together. There isn’t much else to say. If you don’t like action films, don’t bother even thinking about seeing Homefront, because there isn’t anything for you here. If you do enjoy an action films, then honestly you are better off picking up something else and just waiting to see this on Netflix.
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