by R.C. Samo
Homefront is the action thriller of 2013. Jason Statham is former DEA Agent, Phil Broker, who after a drug bust goes wrong, leaves the agency and moves to Louisiana in order to raise is daughter in his late wife’s hometown. All goes smoothly until Broker’s daughter, Maddy (Izabela Vidovic) beats up the school bully who takes her hat.
Little does Broker know, the boy’s tweeker mother, Cassie (Kate Bosworth) seeks retribution for the shame her son suffered and for help from her brother, Gator (James Franco), the local meth dealer who finds outs out Broker’s past and sells him out to the biker gang that he took down in order to receive distribution rights of meth throughout the Southern States.
Franco was beyond sinister, his performance left the hair on my arms standing on end from just how far Gator was willing to go in order to mentally torture Broker. Statham is the ultimate hero who will save his daughter at any cost. Bosworth’s decent into the role of Cassie made her almost unrecognizable. Winona Ryder, who plays Gator’s girlfriend, Sheryl will do whatever it takes to get out of the Bayou to have a better life.
People tend to forget that Sylvester Stallone is a fantastic writer, his Oscar should have been proof of that, but Stallone has been proving his critics wrong for the past 40 years and he does so again with Homefront. No one other than Gary Fleder could have directed this film. The scenes are intense and with Franco’s performance, often unsettling.
Homefront opens nationwide Wednesday, November 27, 2013.