Homefront Movie Review
Jason Statham plays Jason Statham in yet another Jason Statham movie, but at least this time he alters the format just enough to make Homefront interesting. Directed by Gary Fleder (Runaway Jury) and written by Sylvestor Stallone, Homefront is still a forgettable action-thriller, but it's less forgettable than most of Statham's other recent work.
Now that I write this, I'm pretty sure I've used that exact same opening line for another Jason Statham movie review. So goes the life of everyone's favorite bald British badass... stuck in a circular vortex of mildly entertaining action movies, where even the movie reviews sound the same.
Looking back over the last ten years, most of Statham's movies have the actor playing a well dressed assassin or other questionable professional beating up a bunch of people, engaging in car chases and ripping off his shirt at least once. But Homefront is a little different than Statham's other movies, and that's enough to elevate above the pile of mediocrity. Namely:
- He never wears a suit
- He never tears off his shirt
- He plays a father living in a small Louisiana town
And that's it. That's all it takes for Homefront to be just a little better, a little more entertaining, a little more memorable. Who knew.
In fairness, Homefront still has a car chase (which is pretty weak) and Statham gets to beat up a bunch of random men (which is always fun to watch). The movie suffers from a bland story about rednecks, meth and school bullying. The villain is unremarkable. But again, it's different.
Statham is good, the action, when there is action, is pretty entertaining and the film is also supported by a surprisingly decent cast, namely Kate Bosworth (looking a little too skinny), Winona Ryder (who gets to experience one of the briefest and most pointless sex scenes ever put to film) and James Franco as the aforementioned unremarkable villain.
Homefront is nothing special, but for mindless action and entertainment value, you could do a lot worse. How's that for a positive review?
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.