The combination of Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth and a script from Sylvester Stallone sounds like a recipe for something interesting, if not either brilliant or terrible. Alas, the end result — the movie Homefront –  is surprisingly not good-bad or bad-bad, but boring.

The Players:

The Plot:

Phil Broker (Statham) is a DEA agent who moves to a small town in the south after a drug bust gone mostly bad. He moves there with his daughter Maddy (Izabela Vidovic) who he raises by himself as his wife has passed away. But when his daughter gets in a fight with a local kid (and whoops him good) he meets Cassie (Bosworth) a methed out mom who wants revenge. And that revenge involves getting her drug dealer brother Gator (Franco) to start making trouble for Phil. And when Gator finds out that Phil is ex-DEA and wanted by some biker-types, the stakes rise.

The Good:

  • The… Cast?: If only Homefront were truly terrible, then it would be easy to unload on the movie without reservations. It’s just so mediocre. There’s nothing super great or super bad about it, you just wish there was more juice to the movie than the names on the screen. Everyone does what they’re called for, and Kate Bosworth has the most interesting role as a junkie who recognizes maybe she went over the line, but that’s giving the movie a whole lot more credit than it deserves.

The Bad:

  • The Script: Though Sylvester Stallone has written numerous screenplays over the year, and was once Oscar nominated for his work, he never cracks this story. Gator should be a main character, but he hands off the attack on Phil’s house to a group of anonymous biker types, and the thought of a fight between Statham and Franco, well, it’s not much of a match up. There’s a lot of external business that gets the film to its thankfully modest runtime of 100 minutes, and the idea of Statham’s alienation against the town is a good central conceit, but it’s just not much of a movie.


Statham does do some kicking and punching, but whatever was hoped for in assembling one of the best acting casts in a Statham movie in years (then again, there’s that forgettable one he did with Robert De Niro and Clive Owen, Killer Elite) is squandered. If there were more action scenes, there might be something to recommend, but… Nope.

Rating: 3.0/10

Homefront hits theaters November 27.