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Homefront Reviews

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Super Reviewer

May 19, 2014
An average movie with action and violence to keep you entertained!
Al S

Super Reviewer

July 3, 2013
This is a terrific and powerful movie. A hard-edged and explosive action-packed thriller. A total knockout of an action film. One of the years best action movies hands down. A strong and tough film that when is not shooting or blowing things up it packs a hard-hitting amount of riveting drama that feels very real and effective. Director, Gary Fleder gives a great energy to the material, crafting a fine heart-pounding film. Writer/Producer, Sylvester Stallone writes a deep, down and thrilling story that balances drama and action well. Stallone wrote the role specifically for Statham, giving him new reach and depth that he knew the action star could accomplish. Jason Statham is at his absolute best, he gives a powerful and surprisingly compassionate performance. Statham proves to be getting better as an actor, just improving with every performance. James Franco is excellent, finally dropping from his recent line of comedies and back to more serious territory and proving to be more than an exceptional match for Statham. I loved this movie, it is truly awesome and delivers big time. It's utterly thrilling, heart-pounding and sometimes deeply moving.
Josh L

Super Reviewer

April 5, 2014
Homefront is mostly just your typical Jason Statham action film, but it is livened up a bit by a scenery chewing performance from James Franco a story with enough intrigue to keep you invested until the end. The action is fairly standard for the genre at this point, but still well done. Sylvester Stallone did the screenplay, which is contrived and ridiculous in spots and could have been improved. He wrote it specifically with Statham in mind though, and it shows. It caters to his good qualities enough to make this an enjoyable B movie experience, even if it isn't exactly high quality cinema. Definitely worthwhile for action buffs or Statham fans, but little appeal beyond that really.
Phil H

Super Reviewer

March 21, 2014
Jason Statham, fighting, guns, errr...more fighting, yet not so much profanity. Predictable action packed romp you say? oh no don't be silly you silly filmgoer you, oh wait.

So Statham is the new guy in a small redneck town who is just trying to live a quiet life after his rambunctious time as a DEA undercover agent. After his little girl beats up some fat kid Statham finds himself in trouble with the fat kids hick parents, doesn't help that he floors the kids dad. So the fat kids trailer trash mum goes to see her brother who just happens to be the local drug dealer bad guy which as you can guess equals action time for Statham and his big hairy muscles. Believe it or not this is actually based on a novel amazingly.

Yep this is most definitely your bog standard action thriller that could of easily starred anyone of the classic big name action heroes. Same could be said for the bad guy role, anyone could of played it, it makes no difference. The story plods along at the usual cliched rate with the usual things you know are bound to happen. Lots of face to face confrontations where Statham shows the locals who's boss, sneaky breaking and entering from the bad guys, intimidation and dirty low down tricks to unnerve our hero and eventually a big shoot out and kidnapping of Statham's little girl.

Despite the outrageously corny plot and corny hard man act by Statham I must admit to enjoying the film and its vicious fights. When Jay is approached by these big lunkheads you know the outcome from the start, but you gotta admire the choreography involved bringing these rucks to life. The sound effects are blisteringly realistic as Statham chins these guys whilst smashing them against hard objects. I gotta say I liked it and found myself inadvertently cheering Jay on.

The bad guys are weak though, the bikers are pretty gritty and the local hick muscle is nicely intimidating but Franco as the main bad guy is weak. He doesn't actually do anything for the entire film accept scowl and look unwashed. He never fights Statham! all he does is pinch the little girls kitten (yet doesn't harm it) and then pinch the little girl (yet doesn't harm her). He mainly watches from the sidelines keeping out of the way, which is odd, he's not even remotely intimidating. The other weird thing is he actually shows signs of concern for what he's doing, as if he doesn't really wanna go down this route but is forced too. Its like he's not really that bad a guy, he just wants to deal his drugs in peace.

So despite being a total JCVD-type vehicle I found this film entertaining in a typically ruthless tooth loosening kinda way. We've seen it all before of course, Statham isn't really the perfect likeable hero lets be honest, he growls too much and isn't pretty. Franco is rather limp here and Ryder's character seems pointless but the violence is top notch and the film has a good steamy atmosphere. What I still find amusing is everything that happens in this film is all because of the little girl slapping that fat kid in the face at school. That's some chain of events right there!.

Super Reviewer

March 12, 2014
Jason Statham is one of those actors that makes some good action films, but in recent years he has been hit and miss. With Homefront, he delivers his traditional bad ass role, and does it well and the film though nothing great is entertaining for what it tries to do. I would describe this film as pure mindless action. Don't go into this film expecting a great film. The film is worth seeing, but is nothing new in terms of story; however it manages to be an entertaining hour and a half of pure action and thrills. Homefront at times could have been better, but as it is, it's still nonetheless a well executed film. Genre fans will surely enjoy this for what it is. The plot may be formulaic, but it's a fun film if you're in the right state of mind. If you enjoy Jason Statham, then you'll most likely like this. Like I said, the film isn't perfect, and it had the potential of being a great action film. But due to the fact that it relies on previously explored ideas, it never becomes anything truly great. However, as a mindless action film to watch if you have nothing else better to do, this one does the job. Statham gives a good performance here, and one of his better recent ones. Even with sometimes lacking material, Homefron is entertaining and thrilling, and there are a few surprising performances here as well. James Franco is terrific as the film's villain and overall despite its predictability, action film fans will surely enjoy the film for what it is. Homefront is clichéd, but it has some well executed action scenes that more than make up for the film's shortcomings.

Super Reviewer

December 3, 2013
How far would you go to protect your home?

Good action/drama movie! Jason Statham gives a very credible performance. As noted, we typically see him as the all- around tough guy with nothing much else to show. Here, we see him as a father caring for his daughter, plus that, and he balances both really well. The moments between him and newcomer Izabela Vidovic are nice to watch as their chemistry as father and daughter really works. Vidovic also gives a very good performance as Maddy, she portrays a tough young girl well, but plays the emotional moments when discussing her deceased mother very well. James Franco stars as one of the major villains in the movie. After his villain-ish performance in Spring Breakers, Franco takes on a more legitimate villain role. The thing about Franco as the villain here is that we never know what his next move will be, he does a excellent job of keeping the audience on their toes. The rest of the cast do a decent job, though nothing spectacular or memorable. For a film of a new nature for Jason Statham, Homefront does a well-done job, as does Statham and Franco. The story is one that can appeal to both genders. It's not all action, but offers plenty of thrills and dramatic elements to keep the story going until the big fight scenes occur. Despite some of the weak character development, and the over-abundance of villains, Homefront is an above average film.

Phil Broker is a former DEA agent who has gone through a crisis after his action against a biker gang went horribly wrong and it cost the life of his boss' son. He is recently widowed and is left with a 9-years-old daughter,Maddy. He decides to quit the turbulent and demanding life of thrill for Maddy's sake and retires to a small town. His daughter fights off a boy who was bullying her at school and this sets in motion a round of events that end in his direct confrontation with the local Meth drug lord. His past history with the biker gang also enters the arena, making matters more complex. But he has a mission in his mind to protect his daughter and he is ready to pay any cost that it demands.

Super Reviewer

February 13, 2014
three stars
Dann M

Super Reviewer

April 3, 2014
Formulaic (but action-packed), Homefront is your stereotypical action hero film. Written by Sylvester Stallone, the story follows a former DEA agent who retires to the countyside to raise his daughter, but he soon runs afoul of a local drug runner. Starring Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, and Kate Bosworth, the cast is especially good. And it's this impressive cast that makes the film work, 'cause the material is fairly cliched and by the numbers. While it's not very original, Homefront is a solid popcorn flick.

Super Reviewer

December 9, 2013
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." The famous quote, long attributed to Plato but more recently thought to have come from Scottish author Ian MacLaren, may not be one you might readily associate with an action movie, but on the evidence of Homefront it's easy to imagine screenwriter Sylvester Stallone having it pinned above his writing desk.
Sold to us as yet another moronic Jason Statham six pack and jerky romp, Homefront may reference trash classics like Roadhouse and Gator through its character names but it's as a film it has more in common with the contemplative westerns of Henry Hathaway. It's the best revisionist action movie since George Armitage's great 1976 Vigilante Force.

Stallone's script is more concerned with the broken spirit of recession era America than the broken bones of its villains. Starting off in familiar territory (seemingly crooked sheriff, white trash villains, hero with a violent past he's trying to leave behind), the turning point comes when Broker confronts Hester's apparently villainous redneck about a break in at his house. Hester denies any knowledge, his face exuding the fear of a man struggling to raise a family in 2013 America, and we believe him. Suddenly the rug has been pulled out from under us. This is a film that isn't going to make for easy viewing. The bullying kid, whose bloodied nose we initially cheered, turns out to be a special needs child. Those other five cans may not go down so easily.
Stallone and director Gary Fleder expose the prejudice toward working class rural white characters that American film-makers have shamefully ingrained in us over the past half a century. When we meet the de-glammed Bosworth and her grease-stained hubby Hester, we immediately mark them as the movie's villains but, like most working class Americans today, they're simply pawns in a game run by more powerful forces. Several times Fleder's camera pans away from the adult hysteria to the pained faces of his character's children. It's testament to Stallone and Fleder that this doesn't come off as unintentionally hilarious, like the cutaways to victims' families in Austin Powers.
When Stallone's name appeared as screenwriter (adapting Chuck Logan's novel), several chortles could be heard in the theater. It's easy, of course, to forget this is the writer who gave us Rocky and skillfully adapted David Morell's First Blood for the screen. Here he gives us a father and daughter relationship between Statham and Vidovic that's as warm and likable as Rocky and Adrienne, but there's also the sense that Bosworth and Hester's struggling parents represent Rocky and Adrienne if things hadn't gone so well for the iconic couple.
Stallone finished penning his script just before the death of his son, Sage, and unlike Rocky Balboa, which pinned the blame for its failed father/son dynamic on its protagonist's son, here it's the father character who comes to realize he may have to be the one to change.

The film's biggest stumbling block is its biggest selling point: Statham. This is a truly American movie and Statham's cockney drawl constantly snaps you out of the situation. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson would have been ideal for this part, having showed us in recent years he's both an intimidating presence and a credible actor.
In a year filled with the cruel collateral damage of garbage like Man of Steel and Fast & Furious 6, where "little people" are merely disposable props to be destroyed by larger than life "heroes", Homefront is an important dog-ear in the pages of the maligned action movie.
(Review by Eric Hillis)
Todd S

Super Reviewer

April 24, 2014
When you combine Action with Drama, you had better have a damn good story to go along with the tremendous fight scenes and wild chases, or else you get a film that falls flat. We all know that at this point, Jason Statham is the best Action star you could have, but the jury was out on how effect he could be in a more dramatic role. In Home Front, Statham plays a retired undercover D.E.A. agent, who has recently become a single father. He and his daughter have moved from the big city to the small town, which his late wife called home, in the hopes of building a better life. Everything was going as planned until his daughter, stood up to a bully at school, and embarrassed the son of one the towns most influential families. The simple misunderstanding between children quickly escalates into an all out war, which will force Statham to use everything he learned in the D.E.A. to protect his daughter and his new home. Once again, Jason Statham was terrific in this film. It is mind boggling and seems to be impossible, but every film this man does is better than the one before it. He is on a winning streak, the likes of which I have never seen. Statham was terrific, but oddly, he's paired with an actor who doesn't have much experience playing the bad guy and it showed. James Franco plays Gator Bodine, a small time hood and drug trafficker, who goes after Statham with everything he's got, the only problem is, Bodine really isn't that bad a guy. In fact, when Franco starts cursing and playing all tough, it's almost laughable, not to mention the fact that he doesn't have a tenth of the fighting skills that Statham has. Being that this was a big budget film, Written by Sylvester Stallone (Rocky), Directed by Gary Fleder (Kiss The Girls, Runaway Jury), and starting the best action star in the game (Jason Statham), it's very peculiar that they would choose a bad guy, who is best known as a comedic actor. While the story was great, Franco simply can not match up with Statham at all. Homefront has almost everything you could want in a Thriller, but the lack of a strong, believable opponent, really calls into question just how believable the film is and makes it somewhat predictable.
Jeff B.
Jeff B.

Super Reviewer

December 21, 2013
The laugh hit of the season, this unintentionally hilarious Home-spun tough guy tale is an affront to any high-octane thriller set in a backwater town. Remember when films boasting a screenplay by Sylvester Stallone got pulses racing? No? That's because the last time that that happened the result was Rocky and the year was 1976. Since then, he's turned out more give-'em-hack (Driven, Expendables) than give-'em-Hell (reportedly, his Edgar Allan Poe bio-pic script is a loo loo). Basically, his latest premise puts a swivel-arm battle-gripped action figure with one setting through a one-pump firefight in a one horse town with a one-note villain. Worst, as realized on screen, the action plays out as a series of B-Movie fisticuff cliches that the audience can see coming from a country mile away.

In this R-rated actioner, a former DEA agent (Statham) moves his daughter to a quiet town, only to tangle with a local meth drug lord (Franco) with ties to the drug-running biker gang that the retired agent took down.

As a Bostonian trying to fit into Podunk Louisiana, Statham plays Statham, squinting and kicking people in the head while delivering a snarl that's not so much an attempted American accent as a horribly misplaced British accent. Plus, for those movie fans who thought he might look better with hair, the once and future Expendable elicits huge laughs while wearing a long mane as a cop working undercover in the Sons of Anarchy. At this point, prolific actor James Franco (who also starred in Spring Breakers and This is the End this year), should stop while he's ahead...oops, too late.

Bottom line: Call of Doody
Chrisanne C

Super Reviewer

November 29, 2013
Homefront is a classic retro-style hard action film, which delivers on the guns, gore and gals. It's unashamedly violent and weak on dialogue, consistent with what you would expect from a Sylvester Stallone screenplay. Even familiar names like James Franco, Kate Bosworth and Wynona Ryder in support of lead actor, Jason Statham who plays an ex-undercover cop, can't save a weak storyline. Makes one wonder why they took on these roles in the first place. Forgettable.
Jeffrey M

Super Reviewer

November 28, 2013
A widowed ex-DEA agent retires to a small Louisiana town, looking to get out of the life for the sake of his young daughter. An unfortunate sequence of events brings his past back to haunt him, trouble ensues, and the ex-agent is forced to confront what he wanted to leave behind. This is the plot of Homefront, the new Jason Statham film which, on its face, sounds indistinguishable from other Statham films, not to mention scores of other B action films. Perhaps its this knowledge and low expectations, but Homefront actually manages to transcend these parameters and is instead a film that both delivers and surprises, a B action film that actually thrills.

The premise, to be sure, is familiar. The ex-agent set-up, the precocious daughter, the past that comes back to haunt, it's all very cliche and over-done. Yet Homefront manages to execute on this premise to a very strong degree, and then surprise. It does this by giving us strong performances, especially by Kate Bosworth, whose delivery as the white-trash meth addict mother was the headline of the film for me. James Franco, oddly enough, was also effective, with a characterstic Statham performance that, though it lacked depth, had a strong charm and action prescence that was needed for the material. The script also gave us some refreshing scenarios, it was Bosworth's character that, instead of being weak and victimized, was actually the source of the antagonism. It was Statham's daughter that was strong, not needy and vulnerable, yet ready to stand firm. This gave the film some subtext that other similarly themed films don't have.

The action in Homefront is also very well choreographed and shot. Shooting scenes feel especially impactful, and are easy to follow. The director, Gary Fleder, used Statham's action prowess to notable effect, having some of his better action scenes as of late, some of which are almost grippingly effective. This is true of the chase scences in well. Fleder also didn't overdue the action, and made it feel more organic to the story, not simply jumping around from action set piece to action set piece.

This is not to say Homefront is without its flaws. The cliches are endless, the jumps in logic plentiful. One scene saw Statham's car roll-over countless times, only to have him emerge seemingly unharmed, and perhaps even more energized. The dramatic elements are good for what it is, but it's not a fine drama. Taken on its own terms, however, it's a surprisingly good ride.

3.5/5 Stars
Lane Z

Super Reviewer

April 16, 2014
Review 300!

Although I was hoping the Raid would be my monumental 300th review, I could not pass up the opportunity to add yet ANOTHER Statham flick to the list. His movies must make up a good 1% of my collection. While we may not have the best Statham movie, we certainly don't have the worst. It has been a while since he made something above average, and in this Stallone-screenplay, he comes in just below the bar. The cast does a great job. Kate Bosworth and Wynona Ryder were viable female participants and James Franco was pretty at home as the bad guy. I wish he was a little darker even. Toward the end they tried to humanize him in the final minute of the movie, which felt like a forced turn. We also get the introduction of Izabela Vidovic as Statham's daughter. It's tough to tell with kids like this, but she appears to have a bright future in the business.

The combat and action is well done. The plot is easy to follow. However, you won't find anything out of the ordinary or improved upon with this generic storyline.
Christopher H

Super Reviewer

November 30, 2013
Jason Statham's patented brand of violent thrillers have become a sort of art form, with strategic fight sequences built around a loose narrative that allows Statham's characters to always be the good guy, looking like the underdog, but using his endless skills to take down villains much in the same vein as a less debonaire James Bond. In "Homefront", penned by actor Sylvester Stallone, Statham plays undercover DEA agent Phil Broker, whose cover is lost on the night of a giant bust. With his identity unknown to the biker gang he was apart of, he disappears with his daughter to a small town to start over. But of course, this small town has its demons, in the form of a drug dealing family including Cassies (Kate Bosworth) the smart-mouthed meth addict and kingpin Gator (James Franco), along with his trashy girlfriend Sheryl (Winona Ryder). When Phil picks a fight with the wrong man, it seems the whole town is after him, but with a drug connection to Broker's former biker gang, Gator proves to be the real kink in the chain. What sets "Homefront" apart from any other action film of this flavor is the outstanding cast. Statham is, as always, his pitch perfect self, convincing as a father as well as a killer, he knows his niche and continues a perfect track record. More times than not, its the supporting cast that determines the quality of a Statham film, and this could be the best assembled cast yet, not only bringing big names to these supporting parts, but giving them turns that are not often seen from their wheelhouse. Franco makes another villainous turn since his bad guy role in "Spring Breakers" and proves his worth in all the scenes he's involved in. The true unrecognizable turns are in Bosworth and Ryder, who slip into these trailer trash roles with a grace beyond any role they've done before. "Homefront" is by no stretch a finely tuned machine, but for straight up action fare, you could do a helluva lot worse.
July 22, 2014
Not one of Statham's better movies as James Franco hams it up big time as a southern redneck baddie. The fight scenes were alright but this was way too predictable and cliche for my taste.
July 16, 2014
Uh, the plot has been done a million times by a million different action film stars. Bolywood...Let's get something different here please. Statham is doing his kickass thing as usual and the bad guys are sucking as usual...The kid was cute the school therapist was cute, but that's about it.
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