Homefront Review

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Ex-Fed Phil Broker (Statham) heads to the bayou with his young daughter. The locals, though, meth kingpin Gator (Franco) among them, are a seriously unwelcoming bunch.


It's a promising set-up: after his wife’s death, an ex-DEA agent (Jason Statham, with Cockney accent intact) moves to backwoods Louisiana to raise his daughter, butting heads, fists and baseball bats with a local meth operation run by a sleazebag named ‘Gator’ (James Franco). But, despite a passable script (by Oscar-nominated screenwriter, uh, Sylvester Stallone) and an intriguing supporting cast — you don’t often see Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth as skanky tweakers — Gary Fleder’s flabby direction bleeds the life out of it. When you find yourself admiring the scenery in a Jason Statham film, you know you’re in trouble.

Another shake-and-bake Stath special, boasting the requisite punchy-fighty action and some pleasing sleaziness from Franco and Bosworth, but it's ponderously handled by director Fleder.