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Movie Review: Homefront

 
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Prinz Lee wrote this review 3 years ago

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Eh… Well, not much can be said other than it was an OK watch.

HOMEFRONT delivers a narrative you know you’ve seen before, but considering its links to some heavyweight, Hollywood meat to keep you chewing on for a while, you just sit back, chew and enjoy the ruckus-flavored-flick!   

The film stars Jason Statham as an ex drug enforcement agent, Phil Broker. He’s a family man who moves way off the grid with his little girl to a peaceful little town down South to escape his harsh past. However, as luck would have it, Broker’s world becomes anything but peaceful once he catches on that there’s hidden horrors of drugs and violence in this low-level town. Upon his awareness, a narcissistic, sociopath Meth-dealer, Gator Bodine (James Franco) places Broker and his daughter as his target, forcing Broker back into the action he once mastered in order to save his family.

With a screenplay written by Sylvester Stallone that ultimately leads to a face-off between Statham and Franco, you can bet the action in this piece is crazy and full of tough-guy jargon, accompanied by some awesome ass-kicking moments. Like most thriller-based action flicks, there’s a certain formula that’s followed. But its formulaic layout pretty much hides itself when it’s entertaining and provides twists, adding to a satisfying climax. In many cases, HOMEFRONT may lure in a fan-base due to its lead actors, but there’s more than just [them] blessing the screen. That said, for added pleasure the film also stars Winona Rider, Kate Bosworth and Frank Grillo. Doing what needs to be done in order to make the movie flow, owning their characters, much like Statham and Franco (Well, I’ve seen Franco do better), it makes for an interesting, eclectic cast and experience.  

Now, for all its entertaining aspect, there’s something that hits a bit hard and winds up being one of my all-time-gripes. What’s that? Too many dragged out set-ups. Set-ups are a film’s backbone, but when it gets to drag at points, it loses its touch. Not as a whole, but it causes a dip. Stallone has a thing for them in all of his pictures, but in HOMEFRONT they didn’t feel needed at times, in some cases layered with clichés, leading to some predictability. At an hour and forty minutes, most of it was covered in the first act, and that could have led to an intense second and third. Coming off repetitive at times, it was a bit of a zone-out for me, especially with such a deep cast.

Overall, where the film may suffer, it has its strengths and makes it a decent watch. Statham will always be Statham and it’s fun to watch Franco play a drug dealer…again! Although his character seemed a bit darker and owned by Franco in SPRING BREAKERS, in HOMEFRONT, it seems like he’s just playing around with it, or perhaps going-through-the-motion. But it serves well considering the three-ring-circus of a crew he’s hanging and causing trouble with.

Providing a little bit of everything, HOMEFRONT deserves a chance.

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Grade: C+ / Genre: Suspense, Drama, and Thriller / Rated: R / Run Time: 1 Hr. 40 Min.

Starring: Jason Statham, James Franco, Kate Bosworth, Frank Grillo, and Winona Ryder

Directed by: Gary Fleder

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