Netflix UK film review: Homefront
James Butlin | On 15, Apr 2014
Director: Gary Fleder
Cast: Jason Statham, James Franco
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In this Sylvester Stallone-penned action film, Jason Statham plays an undercover cop fresh from his last job ready to make a new life on his own with his daughter. Unfortunately, when a scuffle between his daughter and one of the locals’ sons breaks out at school, it sets the rednecks on edge and puts in motion a feud, from which there’s only ever going to emerge one winner.
There’s a touch of Rambo: First Blood to the story. The mysterious outsider wanting an easy time in a quiet, suspicious town isn’t an original idea but when done well, it’s a strong plot device. Stallone’s script does do it well, easily setting up any punching, kicking and exploding that is yet to come.
James Franco is the star of the show here, as the drug-dealing king of the rednecks. He’s the man people go to when they want something doing and keeps everyone tweaked up on meth. In short, he’s not very nice – and Franco looks like he’s having the time of his life playing the villain.
Jason Statham’s acting, meanwhile, is unreviewable. He’s just Jason Statham. If you’ve seen a Jason Statham film, then you know what to expect: this is Jason Statham again.
Homefront is menial labour for all involved. The film takes too long to get the blood pumping, when it should be a short, sharp blast of excitement. But when it gets to the action, it’s quite a fun romp.