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4.0 out of 5 stars Stath's keeping the wood burning, 8 April 2014
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This review is from: Homefront [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Ex-undercover DEA agent Phil Broker (Statham) retires to a sleepy Southern Town near New Orleans, USA , with his 9 year old daughter Maddy (Vidovic), after a recent job went bad & the son of the head operation he was infiltrating was killed & the father wants Broker dead. Now 2 years later & living a quiet life, a school yard fracas with his daughter & a local boy starts a feud that draws unwanted attention onto the Broker family. As it snowballs into a deadly situation where his old drug dealing boss finds out where he is.

Overall the story of Homefront is nice & simple to follow with the odd implausibility to hurdle over, as it's action set pieces & psychological suspense keeps you on tenterhooks, which you'd expect when you realize it's a screenplay by Sylvester Stallone. Unsurprisingly then, the movie starts & ends with high explosive set pieces while maintaining a decent pace of thrills & action to offset the drama inbetween. Which itself is a very amiable father/daughter relationship that helps endear us more to Broker's cause. Pleasingly they go old school with real stunts & no CGI. The cinematography is very eye catching with some panoramic shots doing great justice to New Orleans & it's surrounding area. The upbeat country-esque music was nice & suited well also.

The cast on the whole do a good job. Jason Statham (The Transporter) put's in his usual solid innings with his decent acting abilities backed up with some fast & furious beat downs, both giving & receiving. While showing a more tender side, as tender as Statham can be *cough* matcho *cough*, with his daughter. James Franco (Oz) was an odd choice as the baddie, he was good in the psychological face off's & mind games. But his clean looks & boyish charm was hard to buy him as the nasty bad guy, even with that tuft of beard. I kept waiting for him to go berserk or something, but never happened in a meaningful way. That is probably why they out sourced the menacing stuff to the more imposing baddies like Frank Grillo (The Grey) who briefly impressed as an enforcer. Kate Bosworth (21) & Winona Ryder (Black Swan) do good turns as drug addicts on different sides of the conflict. Young actress Izabela Vidovic is impressive & has a good rapport with Statham as his on screen daughter Maddy, her facial expressions alone summed up situations well, one to watch. Also co-stars of note, Clancy Brown (Sleepy Hollow) , Omar Benson Miller (CSI Miami) & Chuck Zito (Sons of Anarchy).

In conclusion, it's not perfect but as Jason Statham films go, this is gold star material, and the dramatic side with father/daughter was a nice bonus. Contains strong language, graphic violence & mature themes. Recommended.
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Initial post: 8 May 2014 01:04:12 BDT
Another solid excellent review Jules.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jul 2014 18:29:56 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jul 2014 01:54:16 BDT
Jules says:
Thanks.

Statham usually bankable entertainment, if you like his style.
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