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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Standard Statham Fare, 24 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Homefront [DVD] [2013] (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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Initial post: 18 Oct 2014 12:09:24 BDT
mr r says:
thanks for the spoiler.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2014 21:46:12 BDT
Dasha says:
I found this review very helpful. I've placed my order for this blu ray on the strength of this reviewer's opinion. I don't think he's given the game away, he doesn't reveal the fates of the chief protagonists in the movie.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2014 21:52:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Oct 2014 21:53:48 BDT
N. Skerratt says:
I disagree with Mr R. I don't understand why people post sarcastic remarks. If you can't make constructive comments, or engage in an intelligent debate on a product, why embarrass yourself with pointless jibes? I want a reviewer to tell me something about a film, and so long as they don't disclose how things end up for the characters, I find it useful.
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