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Now you'd expect the typical reviews for this kind of movie from most
critics, "it's just another mindless action film" or "Statham can't
act". Ignore them, If your an action/statham fan you won't be
If your like me and miss the traditional action films from the past that had Charles Bronson or Chuck Norris, your gonna appreciate and like this movie. Statham is the last action hero of our time. He consistently delivers solid action movies where you know what your gonna get, and in Homefront thats some bloody shootouts, great fight scenes and some good one liners. It has a good cast, People may not take James Franco seriously as a villain but it's interesting to see him in a movie like this and he does a good job with it. Kate Bosworth was very believable as a crazed meth head. It has a straight forward, intense story that keeps you thrilled until the action packed ending.
You don't get these type of movies anymore. These days pg-13 with dumb cgi is what most "action" movies are about. The days of the action hero as they once were are dying out, but Statham is their to provide some vintage style action flicks like Homefront which is one of his better films. Overall, whatever your thinking - watch this movie.
"Transporter" rocketed Statham's name as a well rounded action star.
Since then, most of his action films have felt the same, just with a
different title. That was my mind set going into watch this film.
"Homefront", isn't your usual Statham film, and it's nice to see it
play out the way it did. A change of pace for Statham movies, and
hopefully a turning point for the actor. But let's keep things simple:
Story: Good Acting: Good Action: Very Good Pacing: Good If you're
looking for a good action film with a lot of heart, watch this. It's
After the death of his wife, Phil Broker (Jason Statham) and his young
daughter Maddy (Izabela Vidovic) to a small Louisiana town. What starts
out as what was supposed to be a new beginning quickly changes. After
an altercation with a local hick family, the wife Cassie (Kate
Bosworth), enlists her brother Gator (James Franco) to put a scare into
him. But what starts out as a few minor threats quickly begins to
escalate and become more personal, and Broker is willing to do whatever
it takes to protect his daughter and his homefront.
Jason Statham has been known for his past non-stop action films. While entreating and fun, most of them lack a lot of substance. Homefront is a change of pace. Instead of playing the normal character he usually does, Statham is family man this time around. He's trying to provide a better life for his daughter by trying to avoid conflict, but conflict seems to follow him amongst the townspeople. At the film's core it's about a man trying to do his best, but like many people, he has his limit. What sets it apart from Statham's other films is that there's more to the story than him running around beating the hell out of everyone. There is also more substance to his character. But it certainly wouldn't be a Jason Statham movie without some good fight sequences. While we are treated to minor ones throughout the movie, the biggest one of all, of course, is in the final act of the movie. The film does a good job of balancing the story with action which should be please most audiences However, one of it's weaknesses is that it has more villains than necessary, and it ultimately leaves the viewer wondering who the real villain is. It also suffers from some weak character development with some pretty important characters including Kate Bosworth's character who essentially is the one who sets things in motion, she pops up every once in a while and randomly shows up at the end. Rachelle Lefevre who stars as Maddy's school psychologist isn't given much to work with either. She's introduced and it's evident there's chemistry between her and Statham's character and that's really it. And while she's present through a good chunk of the movie as Franco's girlfriend, Winona Ryder has a character that should have been given a bit more history, as she's an integral part when it comes to the "other" villains.
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 (at least what we see of them) 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 that is easily Statham's best.
My Rating: 8/10
At first glance most Jason Statham movies are pretty much about the same thing. Some quiet, keep to himself guy finds himself using exceptional fighting skills against the bad guys. Turns our he's usually the fastest gun, in this case fist in the west. This time Jason Statham is a retired-likely forced retired DEA agent who raising his daughter after his wife and her mother pass away. They move to a quiet town somewhere in Louisiana and settle in. When his daughter gets harassed by the local bully in school, she drop kicks him into another dimension--hey, she did warn him before she broke the fat tub of lard's nose. Next we meet his mother, a very loud, unrecognizable Kate Bosworth who disrespects both daughter and Statham. When she fails at intimidating him by having her husband try to assault him in the school parking lot-a one-two takedown by Statham, she enlists the help of local meth kingpin brother, James Franco. There is a back story in the beginning and some actual character development dealing with Statham's former life and an undercover cop. Frank Zito, who in my opinion is very under rated both as a character actor and villain in this case, steals the opening sequence as motorcycle gang leader bent on revenge. This movie has some exceptional fight scenes, explosions, and very intense show down between Franco and Statham that was actually pretty surprising and satisfying. This is a Jason Statham movie but a strong supporting cast of Franco and Zito steal the show as both small time and big time antagonists. Action fans will enjoy this latest blend of action and drama from the last true action star of this genre. At 100 minutes, its just long enough to hold your interest. Surprisingly, Statham's last few films have contained some human elements to their stories. While it's not going to win any major awards, this movie is sure to please action fans and others looking for a decent night out at the movies.
While this may not be a great movie, and it had some boring spots, it
definitely delivers on action, what I'm sure most of us came to see.
Jason Statham is bad**s as usual, kicking a** and taking names like it's nobody's business. James Franco is great as the main bad guy. Izabela Vidovic was also great as Statham's character's daughter, I can definitely see her appearing in many more movies in the future.
I liked how it seems like the whole town is in on something, conspiring against Statham's character for whatever their reasons are, I was really interested to see what was going to happen next.
While not perfect, this is pretty much your typical Jason Statham movie (that's a good thing), with a nice father-daughter relationship thrown in. Worth watching for anyone who enjoys watching Jason Statham repeatedly beating the crap out of various assorted scumbags.
I love Winona Ryder, in my opinion she is one of the sexiest actresses
ever. Can you guess what made me go see this movie? Yes, it was Winona.
I loved watching her in this film, she was great and looks awesome. I
have also decided that James Franco is for real. He can play nice guys,
mean guys and doped up drug dealers with ease. I never miss one of his
So now let's talk about Jason Statham. Well this IS a Jason Statham movie so you know how it's going to end, I won't tell you any of the plot. I am not a real big fan of him but he did very well in this film. If you see only one Jason Statham film, make it be this one, he is at his best. The action scene's were very intense and the cinematography was excellent, you could definitely feel Sylvestor Stallone's influence.
This is a must see film if you like action films, adults only though, there is some serious fowl language, definitely not for children. I give it 8 stars out of 10. Unfortunately though, it was released during the very competitive Thanksgiving weekend and will have a tough time holding up against other big budget films.
"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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Jason Statham is a decent actor. He will never trouble Shakespeare true
but he has carved out a nice niche for himself and proved he could act
in films like Snatch, Lock Stock and the Bank Job. Sadly he is wasted
here along with the rest of what is a talented cast.
The opening sequence is unbelievably silly and the film goes down hill from there.
For no sensible reason he packs in his job as a DEA agent and moves to Redneckville where the hillbillies cook Meth and talk in an accent that would confuse a Scotsman.
James Franco as the ridiculously named 'Gator' is less menacing than the little kitten he catnaps and Kate Bosworth, his sister in the film, does nothing but swear and scream hysterically.
Winona Ryder who is an excellent little actress is criminally under-used here. We hear she is genius but her character does little to endorse that fact. It could have been a great part for her but instead it's pretty dull and ordinary.
Which best describes the film really. Nothing much of interest really happens. Jason hits a few people and seems to talk in some kind of Cockney American accent which probably confused the Rednecks who were speaking an even more incomprehensible dialect. The final shoot out is dull and derivative and seems nothing more than a way to fill in an hour and a half.
Sly wrote this as a follow on from First Blood by all accounts. Maybe it would have been done better as that.
Innocuous enough stuff really but there are several billion better ways to pass 90 minutes.
Single ex-agent with a child, settling down in a new closed place where
a self-claimed boss has set his own rules - there are (and definitely
will be) lots of similar stories, about past, present and future. As it
is difficult to add a new angle or approach, it is usually acting and
solution of issues that counts, are they logical, or just ridiculous
and unrealistic. Homefront has evidently more pluses than minuses -
pleasant performances by "the good guys" - Jason Statham as a caring
but tough father Phil Broker and Izabela Vidovic as sensitive but tough
Maddy, realistic atmosphere, catchy fights, meaningful use of
violence... True, "the bad guys" are too plain, the ending has
predictable structure and elements, and there are scenes not necessary
for the general course of events, but absence of dudikoffs-seagals and
torpid chases and fights is already a valuable feature. It is nice to
see that Statham as an action hero has followed in the footsteps of
e.g. Mel Gibson and Bruce Willis.
All in all, a good and proper-time (1,5 hours) thriller. Not a conceptual one, but no flop either.
"I don't want that NARC messin' up my business." After his actions caused the death of a biker gang leader's son DEA agent Phil Broker (Statham) and his 9 year old daughter decide to move and start their life over. Things are going OK until Maddy stands up to a bully at her school. This little event starts a chain reaction that involves local drug dealer "Gator" Bodine (Franco) and brings up Phil's past that he was trying to run from. Before I start I have to admit that I am a Jason Statham fan so that may affect my review. On the other hand even though I like him he pretty much does the same movie over and over. That said this one is different from the others...for the most part. The movie makes you feel tense and on edge almost the entire time because of the fact that the daughter is in the middle of what is happening. Even though James Franco is the "bad guy" in the movie Kate Bosworth is really the one to watch. Her character is the reason I felt tense and is the scariest of all of them. The movie is very believable and the fact that nothing is too over the top makes it that much more tense. A mother upset about her son getting beat up (even though he started it) sets off a dangerous chain of events when she wants revenge. That could happen. Overall, tense and exciting, one of Statham's best. I really liked it. I give this a B+.
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