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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Jason Statham
James Franco
Winona Ryder.
Directors
Gary Fleder.
Screenwriters
Sylvester Stallone.
Running Time
100 minutes

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Homefront
Southern fried Statham


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Plot
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.


Review
Homefront

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.


Verdict
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.


Reviewed by David Hughes

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This unlikely teaming of Jason Statham and James Franco proves to be a clever blend of action and acting. ... More

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Ho-Hum

An instantly forgettable thriller as ex undercover cop tries to set up new life with his young daughter but upsets the local tough guys and his past catches up with him. It’s watchable but has nothing interesting or memorable about it. The Mr S does the action stuff well but there is little about this one to recommend. ... More

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Ho-Hum

An instantly forgettable thriller as ex undercover cop tries to set up new life with his young daughter but upsets the local tough guys and his past catches up with him. It’s watchable but has nothing interesting or memorable about it. The Mr S does the action stuff well but there is little about this one to recommend. ... More

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