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Former drug enforcement agent, Phil Broker (Jason Statham: The Expendables) is a family man who moves off the grid with his daughter, to a seemingly quiet bayou backwater to escape his troubled past. However, Broker’s world soon becomes anything but quiet once he discovers that an underbelly of drugs and violence riddles the small town. Soon, a sociopathic methamphetamine kingpin, Gator Bodine (James Franco: Spiderman) puts Broker and his daughter in harm’s way forcing Broker back into action in order to save his family and the town.

Starring:
James Franco, Jason Statham
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Homefront

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes
Starring James Franco, Jason Statham, Rachelle Lefevre, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth
Director Gary Fleder
Genres Crime
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 31 March 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes
Starring James Franco, Jason Statham, Rachelle Lefevre, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth
Director Gary Fleder
Genres Crime
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 31 March 2014
Main languages English

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Albatross on 15 April 2014
Format: DVD
The one thing I knew about ‘Homefront’ before I watched it was the, originally, Sylvester Stallone was attached to the project and had notions of turning it into part of his ‘Rambo’ franchise. However, as he was getting on in age, he passed on it, handing it over to his Expendables co-star, Jason Statham. So, meet a hybrid of Rambo and Jason – ‘Jambo!’

Here, the ‘Stath’ drops his attempts at putting on an American accent and plays an (oddly British) DEA agent who moves to a small town with his daughter to escape some particularly nasty drug lords. However, Jambo, never being one to shy away from trouble, soon finds himself at odds with the local rednecks (and yet more drug-type nasties). These come in the form of James Franco and Winona Ryder, both of who don’t seem to put as much menace in their performances as their acting abilities dictate they could have done.

Don’t expect too much ‘Transporter-esque’ punching and kicking in the fight scenes. It’s more on a par of what you’d see in your average Arnie/Sly action movie of the eighties. Plus there’s quite a few clichés the movie adheres to, i.e. Stath’s black best friend (and we all know what happens to black best friends in Hollywood), plus the fact that Stath is a single parent who obviously meets the one beautiful, single woman in the town who’s totally into single fathers.

If you’re a fan of the Stath in general, this will be a reasonable addition to your collection of his work. Plus seeing as some of his recent efforts (baring Expendables movies) have been a little ‘samey.’ Plus Homefront is also a solid little action thriller which should keep fans of the genre happy. Just don’t expect anything too groundbreaking, only some harmless head-slitting from our balding, British baddass.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Drury on 31 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I'm a massive Statham fan and am usually pretty satisfied with the action he puts out, homefront is yet again another cool action thriller, a simple and easy to get into story that's well paced out with lots of great action, some pretty bloody action too, lots of shoot outs and the usual cool martial arts fighting display Statham style! James Franco plays a cool villain too and the lovely Winona Ryder pops up for only for a small role though, this is all round great fun, great Blu-ray picture too and a couple of features with deleted scenes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bill Mason on 24 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
A DEA agent (Statham) goes into hiding after being involved in the killing of a Hell's Angels gang leader's son. He winds up in a town populated by rednecks with short fuses, the sort of people who could pick a fight in an empty room. He falls out with a redneck couple, whose brother (James Franco) is enlisted to exact retribution on the agent. Statham is his usual laconic and stoic self, perhaps with more dialogue than he normally gets, and he exhibits more thought and brooding introspection than his characters are normally allowed. The child actor playing his daughter gives a spirited performance and stands out in each scene when she appears. Although I'm a fan of James Franco, I think that he is somewhat miscast in the role of a redneck wannabe big-time drug dealer, somebody like Joaquin Phoenix would have been much better suited to the role. That said, Franco does his best and doesn't sink the film, but he is too likeable to really convince as a hoodlum. In the early part of the film Franco's character is built up to be a hard as nails badass, making one think that the film will culminate in a big showdown between Statham and Franco. In fact, when the two come face to face at the end, the result is disappointingly anti-climactic. Even so, this is an enjoyable movie, not up there with Transporter or Crank, but perfectly competent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Corey S. Newcombe on 7 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Phil Broker is a former DEA agent who quit after his action against a biker gang went wrong and it cost the life of a son.

He is recently widowed and is left with a daughter, Maddy, and he decides to retire to a small town.

His daughter fights off a boy who was bullying her at school and this sets in motion a string of events that end in confrontations with the locals and the resident drug lord.

His past history also enters the arena, making matters more complex.

He now has a mission to protect his daughter and is ready to do anything it calls for....

Jason Statham films are as predictable as they come. It's not a bad thing. You can whack one of his films on for ninety minutes, and forget all your troubles.

Here it's no different, and its meat and potatoes stuff. Undercover operation goes wrong, he relocates, gets into a bit of bother with the locals, and as soon as you can say 'Winona Ryder gets more attractive with age' you have an action thriller that harks back to the eighties.

Which isn't really a surprise as it's written by Sylvester Stallone and he was in mind to play the lead originally.

The film goes at a steady pace, Franco isn't the best villain around, so he he spends most of the film kidnapping cats and hiding in the shadows.

If your a fan of Statham, this is perfunctory stuff, if your not, you'll hate it...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Dvd Info.
Region 2, Running time 100 minutes approx.

Trivia.
1)This is written & produced by action legend Sylvester Stallone.
2)James Franco appeared as Harry Osborn in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy.
3)Kate Bosworth played Lois Lane in Superman Returns.
4)This was at one stage a script treatment for a possible Fifth Rambo movie.
5)This was intende6d as a starring vehicle for Stallone but he felt the character needed to be played by a younger actor & rewrote the screenplay to accommodate his friend Jason Statham.

Synopsis.
Former DEA agent Phil Broker quits his job after a incident with a biker gang goes wrong that ends in the tragic death of the gang leaders son during the conflict, Broker who's recently widowed leaves to find solace in a small town with his 9 year old daughter Maddy.

When his daughter fights off a local bully this event set's in motion a chain of event's which lead up to a confrontation with the towns local Meth druglord Gator Bodine.

To make matters more complex Phil's past with the biker gang enters the arena as Phil discovers the corrupt violent dodgy drug dealings that Bodine is forcing upon the town & now Phil must protect his daughter Maddy & the townsfolk using any means necessary againt Bodine & his old enemies criminal empire.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is your typical old school 80's action movie & thankfully the majority of the movie's pretty solid action fare that delivers some great kick ass fight scenes for Jason Statham to get his action chops into.
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