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The screenplay is an old project of the same Sylvester Stallone, written many years before, never realized, and then abandoned to the age of the actor, but brought back into fashion thanks to Jason Statham. See more »
Come on, look around: beautiful house, horse trails, river in the back yard. Seriously, what else could we ask for?
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"Homefront" is another Jason Stratham action flick. With that statement alone, you already know what you will get. Mr. Stratham does not give his fans any less. He is really THE old-fashioned action star of this day. He does not rely too much on computer-generated special effects to entertain his fans. He is all-brawn, the real stuff.
However, unlike past Jason Stratham films, "Homefront" has other big name stars on the marquee. We see names like James Franco, Kate Bosworth and even Winona Ryder! That is invitation enough to catch this film, and see what else it has to offer. It was also interesting to learn that the script was once written by Sylvester Stallone for himself, but plans miscarried when Sly became too old for the lead.
"Homefront" is set in some small hick town in Louisiana. Phil Broker is a retired drug enforcement agent, who is a single dad to his spunky daughter Maddy. When Maddy gets entangled with a bully in school, they encounter the bully's combative mother Cassie. When Cassie's husband was humiliated by Phil, Cassie asks help from her brother, the drug lord Gator Bodine.
That should have been how it goes on paper. But honestly when you watch this film, there is really no doubt that Phil Broker is a class of his own when pitted against these redneck lowlifes in this town. Gator Bodine never really posed a serious threat to Phil at all. Phil was on top of the situation the whole time. The rather anemic final confrontation gave proof to that.
James Franco was not able to disappear into this role of Gator. It was as if he was just phoning in his performance, very unconvincing. It felt lazy and routine, unlike his other performances. This shallow performance in "Homefront" was not even a shade like his startlingly sinister gang leader performance in "Spring Breakers".
Kate Bosworth I totally did not recognize. She is totally deglamorized as this foul-mouthed virago of a housewife Cassie, whose unreasonably hot temper started this whole story rolling.
Talking about deglamorized, we do not see an iota of Winona Ryder, the 90s it-girl, at all in her role as Sheryl, Gator's rough and unrefined girlfriend. Truth be told, I was confused as to who is who between these two ladies at one point. They practically looked similar with their "uglifying" make-up.
Of the whole cast, I liked the performance of Izabela Vidovic best. She played the child actress who played Phil's daughter Maddy. Her acting was very natural, especially in the dramatic father-daughter scenes.
"Homefront" does not disappoint as an all-action Jason Stratham starrer. This one is okay, but rather unsatisfying when compared to "Transporter" and other Stratham films. Stratham's character Phil did not look like he had a hard time in this film. He always knew exactly what to do, and was able to execute his plans as he wants. If you watch this for the gritty and realistic action scenes, this film definitely delivers the goods.
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