After being exposed during a bust, undercover DEA Agent Phil decides to retire and move to a quiet, small town with his young daughter. But his new quiet life is soon disrupted by a local meth-making drug supplier.
Jason Statham (Phil), James Franco (Morgan ‘Gator’ Bodine), Izabela Vidovic (Maddy), Kate Bosworth (Cassie), Marcus Hester (Jimmy), Clancy Brown (Sheriff), Winona Ryder (Sheryl), Omar Miller (Teedo), Rachelle Lefevre (Susan).
Starting with some backstory, Homefront jumps right to some solid action before rolling credits and character introduction. Once the groundwork is laid the story starts to unroll. What looks like a mild action drama at first adds twists, turns, and complications until we realize it has become a full-tilt crime action film. Though the storyline is your typical good vs. evil theme, the film moves along nicely with a good mix of action, suspense, and drama.
Statham is back in type as an action hero once again and as usual, pulls it off pretty well. Franco did very well in his role, showing that he is still maturing well as an actor. Vidovic presented good emotion but felt a bit mature for her role. Brown, Ryder, and Lefevre were all good additions adding quality to the cast which overall was pretty good.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all well done with good technical quality. Physical effects and stunts were very well done with a realistic feel despite being larger than life at times. Dialogue was solid throughout. Sound was good and the soundtrack included some enjoyable selections.
Produced by Sylvester Stallone, Homefront is a solid crime action film with a reasonable storyline that holds attention well. Fans of the genre, or Statham, should enjoy this one quite a bit.
With plenty of strong graphic violence, persistent foul language, drugs and drug use, and brief sexuality, keep this one for older teens and above.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Action Thrillers, Crime Action & Adventure
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