A note to filmmakers considering yet another stab at that old chestnut, the hicksploitation romp: get wild, or go home. This old-school bayou actioner featuring Jason Statham as a decent dad under fire from inbred nutjobs is moderately entertaining, but it wouldn’t have taken much – an alligator attack here, a coked-up dirty cop there – to kick it into a higher gear. Has screenwriter Sylvester Stallone (yes, that one) not seen Werner Herzog’s ‘Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans’?
Statham plays an ex-DEA agent whose yearning for the quiet life leads him into conflict with James Franco’s small-town meth dealer. There’s fun to be had: Franco never quite takes its to the lunatic heights of De Niro’s Max Cady in ‘Cape Fear’ but remains good value, and there are top-flight sweaty-white-trash turns from Kate Bosworth and Winona Ryder. Best of all, Statham begins every sentence sounding like a Boston cop and ends it right back within earshot of Bow Bells. Still, with its predictable plot and tame violence, ‘Homefront’ just isn’t the Southern-fried smackdown it should have been.
|Release date:||Friday December 6 2013|
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Don't you have any sense of fun Time Out? Homefront offers some great fun. Superb action from Statham who remains as watchable as ever and Franco is superb an evil freak. 3.5/5 if you allowed half stars.