Thursday, July 24, 2014

Film Review: Homefront (2013)

Homefront (Review)
United States/2013
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"...just another action movie."

Former undercover cop Phil Broker (Jason Statham) moves to a small town with his daughter and soon runs into trouble...

Homefront is a simple story. After his daughter fights a bully at school, an angered mother sends her drug dealing brother Gator Bodine (James Franco) to mess with Broker. And, so he does. Eventually, that spirals into more violence as Broker's identity is revealed and used as leverage. That's about it. The film ends as you'll likely expect, although it leaves some room for future installments.

But, I don't think you'll be watching Homefront for its story, or at least not solely for the story. The action, although somewhat limited at times, is exciting and thrilling. You get your signature Jason Statham fighting, which is still thrilling and vicious. You get a few bloody shootouts. And, you get a great chase scene towards the end. There are some tense and suspenseful scenes, too, which are built more off of dialogue than action. The story may be underdeveloped and even disappointing, but the action is great.

Much like Safe and any other movie he stars in, Jason Statham plays Jason Statham -- its the same performance we've seen time and time again. I thought most of the acting was really stale, none of it really felt like the backwoods. However, I thought James Franco was really good. Otherwise, the film looks and sounds like a Hollywood action film. The editing a bit choppy at times, particularly during some of the action scenes. Director Gary Fleder doesn't seem to have a distinct vision, and he doesn't pull much from the cast -- he's barely okay as director. The screenplay by Sylvester Stallone is a little sloppy, too.

Overall, Homefront had great potential to be much more than just another action movie. But, it's just another action movie. Fortunately, the story offered enough to keep me interested and the action was satisfying enough to make me feel like I didn't waste my time. Worth a rental for action or Statham fans.

Score: 6/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and blood, some drug use, and a very brief sex scene. (the sex scene is less than 5 seconds long and you don't see anything.)

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