Despite never starring anything super-awesome, I kind of admire Jason Statham. He's the perfect action hero and he maybe one of the most reliable still working hard today. Even though I have never loved everything he's done, I have always at least enjoyed his performance. I was not expecting a ton from "Homefront." A new action film starring Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth and Frank Grillo. The film's script was written by Slyvester Stallone, and again, as much as I love Stallone, he can't write a script to save himself. So my expectations were not very high for this film.
"Homefront" is a typical post-Breaking Bad crime film. A DEA agent Broker (Statham) retires from the force after a particular brutal last mission. Broker is a single father, but he plans to be the best father he can be for his daughter. He moves himself and his daughter to deep south to start a quieter, possibly happier life. However, a sticky situation gets Broker and his daughter involved with local meth dealers, so Broker has to go back to his old ways to save his family.
The film is a typical Statham film throughout. He's invulnerable for nearly all of the running time, defeating bad guys with a fair amount of ease. He's his typical action hero self, and he's mastered that, but since he's so good at what he does, it makes the film a bit of a bore. Statham does much better than everybody else involved. Franco, Ryder and Bosworth are so over-the-top that its hard to take them seriously as characters. I like James Franco in comedy, but in his more serious stuff, he tends to fall flat. I surely hope Franco doesn't decide to start popping up in future action films, because I'm quite honestly not interested. I don't have much of an opinion on either Ryder nor Bosworth, but "Homefront" definitely isn't one of their better moments.
The film also falls flatter to because the one event that puts the whole story into motion so asinine, so preposterous, so unbelievable that I had to make sure it was "Homefront" that I was watching. I know with most action movies, a certain degree of logic goes out the window. But damn, the event that gets things going in this movie is so hokey that I almost wanted to laugh. Its the kind of setup that takes a viewer out of the experience, tarnishes the rest of the ride, I can firmly say that I had a hard time getting into the rest of the film. Never ever a good sign.
There may have been little chance of this being a triumph, but the film fumbles in ways that I never imagined. That's really too bad, I feel like Stallone and Statham could have delivered a half-way decent action film. Look what they have done with "The Expendables" so far, this all could have been worth it. It a bit frustrating that they fell this far off the mark though, I must admit that.
FINAL GRADE: C-