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Updated: Monday, December 2 2013, 04:50 PM CST
By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic
Homefront just proves that great casting doesn't dominate over a great story. This could have been a fun movie if the story was stronger and the characters were developed more.
Written by Sylvester Stallone nearly 10 years ago with the intention of playing the lead role himself, he decided to dust off the script and get his The Expendables pal, Jason Stratham, to take the lead. Homefront is complete action cinema formula being predictable and adding nothing new to the genre. It doesn't have any funny lines and even for the action here, the film shows no intensity or true threat to any of the characters.
In Homefront, Phil Broker (Jason Statham) is a former Drug Enforcement Administration agent that goes undercover to expose a biker gang. During the drug bust to take them down, one of the bikers, Danny T, gets arrested and his son, JoJo, gets killed. It's been two years now and Broker moves his daughter, Maddy, to a small town in Louisiana. After Maddy gets into with a boy bullying at her school, the boy's mother, Cassie Klum (Kate Bosworth) is out for Maddy's dad. She sends her brother, Morgan Bodine (James Franco), that is called "Gator," out to scare Broker and his little girl out of town. Gator breaks into Broker's house and learns of his former career. He reigns in Danny T to help take him down.
James Franco is a brilliant actor and this could have been a different character for him playing a meth drug lord. Director Gary Fleder (Kiss The Girls) could hade made James Franco's character, "Gator," menacing and much more of a threat to Statham. Izabela Vidovic is who really shines in her performance as Maddy. She shows many emotions throughout the film and has great chemistry with Statham. Besides Vidovic as Maddy, the only standout was Kate Bosworth playing a strung out meth head redneck. With her gaunt figure and stringy hair, she was almost unrecognizable. If you like Statham, it may be worth a watch, but don't expect the high voltage action impact that you've seen in his other films.
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Ken's Movie Review Grading Scale
A - Superb and solid; a movie that will be etched in your mind 10 years from now
B - Good movie, so good in fact that you would want to see it again before it's out of the theaters; the story may drag in places
C - Average, entertaining at parts; you might want to wait and rent it
D - Lacks a lot from entertainment, plot, realism, development, etc.
F - Terrible and you will want to walk out of the movie; no redemptive qualities whatsoever