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After he put a powerful drug boss in jail as an undercover agent, Phil Broker (Jason Statham) lives in the certainty that one day the gangster's revenge will haunt him. In order to guarantee his daughter Maddy (Izabela Vidovic) as safe a life as possible, after the death of his wife he moves with her to a sleepy town in the middle of the swampy hinterland of Louisiana. It's just too bad that Maddy is in school with the nephew of the local drug boss Gator Bodie (James Franco). And his drug-addicted sister Cassie (Kate Bosworth) insists that Gator defend the family honor and show the newcomer who's in charge. Although Broker does his utmost to smooth the waves, the situation soon threatens to escalate and the swamps could turn into a bloody battlefield…
The thriller "Homefront" was written by Sylvester Stallone, who had actually conceived the story for another "Rambo" film. When that didn't happen, he wrote it to his "Expendables" colleague Jason Statham. Under the direction of Gary Fleder ("Das Urteil", "Sag kein Wort") the British action star fights his way through a not very original, but quite entertaining thriller. Statham should not be expected to be a really great actor. He plays mimically as reduced as ever - as his fans know and love him. Even if it would be nice to see another side of Statham, he's just cool in his very own way again.
Thanks to this coolness and the fact that James Franco's game clearly shows how much fun he had in giving the bad guy once, some of the dramaturgical hangers can be forgiven. Whenever Statham shows himself in action and Franco lets the unscrupulous drug baron hang out, "Homefront" is a lot of fun. The action sequences at the beginning and end of the movie are also very entertaining and worth seeing. In between, however, the action has to fight its way through a jumble of clichés and long-winded dialogue sequences - a fight that unfortunately has a detrimental effect on the entertainment value.
Since the film lacks originality overall and the tension and action curve only skyrockets occasionally, the quite wooden dialogues and the very stenciled characters stand out much more clearly than is the case with some of the consistently fast-paced action bombs. Sure, "Homefront" has some very entertaining moments and some of the actors, among them Winona Ryder, do a really good job. However, the story simply lacks the certain kick and a surprise effect that could maintain the suspense of all predictability throughout. Nevertheless: Who likes Jason Statham and appreciates American thrillerware with a little 80s flair will be entertained here for long distances. And there's also a proper one for that: worth seeing with some small concessions!
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