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Homefront - review
on 26 March 2016
As entertainment goes this is middle of the road homogeny. It does exactly what you would expect it to do, it tells the story of a once "top cop" (can be replaced by soldier, special forces etc.) That through some incident in the opening (grab attention) 10 minutes of action, some how has a change of heart or mind about the career they have and/or the life they live. Having gone A.W.O.L, resigned, been kicked off the force, etc they retreat to some back water po-dunk town (during the second act) where everyone knows your name and business. There is of course the local kid that grew up in the area and has turned to a life of crime and thinks he owns said po-dunk town. Through some means or another ex **place job role here** manages to step on the toes of said local king pin and from there on out is the closing act of bad ass **hero ex whatever** protecting the ones he loves from bad people.
Sylvester Stallone is a better screen writer than this having penned classics like Rocky; having watched a few recent interviews with him though, I believe; he believes that this is what people want. His pandering to the lowest common denominator makes this less about art and story telling as it does about making money and being famous. Or simply giving people that like this type of film something to watch and enjoy, I am sure polar ends of either the film elite and average joe would argue it either way.
If you like the kind of action that Statham supplies this film delivers it in regular intervals and because of the justice/injustice of the scenes that lead up to the more violent moments, you are generally pleased Statham has dealt out his special form of justice. A number of the fight scenes were shot in poor lighting or using "zippy" all over the place camera shots, this could either be poor directing/editing or it may be that Jason is getting a little old for the action scenes. Maybe they are just contextual? Again this is an argument for those that care to debate such things, either way I feel it detracts a little from the enjoyment.
It's middle of the road action, nothing overly gory though has its moments, a couple of explosions and a nice comforting action story hug with its predictable plot elements and general lack of pushing any boundaries or thought processes. It's a nice easy fun watch for people that like action movies and not having to think too hard while doing it.