Flash Movie Review: Homefront

I can remember every single fight I was involved in when growing up. Out of all of them there was only one time where I threw the punch first and that was because the boy had been picking on me for weeks. I am not a violent person; in fact, I was never taught how to defend myself. A friend’s older brother had to show me how to correctly make a fist with my hand. I used to wonder where the aggressive kids learned how to fight and torment other students like me. It was during the parent/teacher conference nights where an answer could be found. I was not old enough to understand the reasons, only remembering how I felt when seeing the parents of a bully. More times than not the parents would frighten me. I could not explain it, but saw how they treated their spouse and child. Among my friends and family I never saw an adult act like that to someone else. In this action thriller, you will see what happens when parents get involved. Jason Statham (The Bank Job, Snatch) played Phil Broker, a former drug enforcement administration agent. After his wife’s death, Phil decided to settle in a small town to raise his young daughter Maddy, played by Izabela Vidovic (Help for the Holidays-TV movie, Raising Hope-TV). With the residents already suspicious of out-of-towners, it appeared Phil and Maddy may have settled into the wrong town. When Jason Statham stars in a movie, one already knows what to expect. There were many fight scenes that showed off Jason’s battling skills. One thing I was grateful for was Sylvester Stallone (Rocky franchise, Rhinestone) not starring in this film since he wrote the screenplay. It seems as if the screenplay was sitting on his shelf for years and Sylvester felt he was now too old for the role. This leads to my next point which concerned the script; it was simple and straight forward. There were few surprises since it was easy to figure out what was going to happen in almost every scene. I did enjoy seeing James Franco (This is the End, 127 Hours) and Kate Bosworth (Blue Crush, 21) play darker roles as brother and sister Morgan “Gator” Bodine and Cassie Bodine Klum. Though this crime film did not offer anything new, I was grateful at the end for not growing up being an aggressive kid. There were multiple scenes with violence and blood.


2 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on December 2, 2013, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Thanks for stopping by to have a look at my webcomic. The site you run here is great! I like your reviews, they are concise and I find them quite informative, even for those films I’ve already seen, they add something new to my perspective.

  2. LL=large like… 🙂 my very best and vive le cinéma! 🙂 I’m quoting Quentin Tarantino whose movies have always been highly appreciated in France, “old Europe”… cheers! 🙂 Mélanie

  3. I enjoyed your review of ‘Homefront’ and I really like your site. It would mean much if you came to check out my site and told me what you think. Again great job.

    • Thank you for coming by to leave your comments. I enjoyed your site; the crisp look makes it easy to read. A tip I learned the hard way, do not depend on the site’s spell checking ability. After I write my review I read it back to myself to check it. Keep up the good work and I am glad to meet a fellow movie lover. Be well.

  4. Theatre of Pain

    Another one that I just watched and enjoyed. Yes, it was straightforwared with no surprises but Statham did what he does best and that’s kick ass. Sometimes you just want to see the bad guys get what’s coming to them and this film delivers. This is the best role I’ve seen Franco in since 127 Hours and Ryder played a believable character that reminded me of some of the women I’ve associated with in the past. One possible shortcoming of the film was the daughter’s teacher however. It seemed like it was building towards something more between her and Statham but the arc suddenly flatlined and disappeared. Maybe it was cut short for budgetary reasons or maybe because Stallone wanted to keep focus on the action. Now that I think about it, creating a romantic interest between Statham and the teacher would have given the film more of a Road House feel and although I am a fan of the Patrick Swayze classic believing it to be his best work, I’m not sure if it would have improved or hindered Homefront.

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