Good movie, doomed to a terrible demographic. (by heckerethan)
First off, the only reason this movie gets a ten out of ten from me is to try and balance out the unfair average score it's been given.I never really liked Statham, he just never stood out to me as a particularly great actor, and certainly isn't my favorite. But I can say for a fact that I've yet to watch a movie from him that I've not enjoyed. Homefront is an interesting beast, combining psychological thriller and vigilante action-flick, which is quite alright in my book. In fact, there were plenty of times were my heart-strings were pulled, as an American male, living in the <more>
south during these times in the war on drugs, I was able to connect enough with Statham's character, even if I never worked in law- enforcement.Unfortunately, this is pretty much the movie's downfall, seeing as we live in a time where it's frowned upon to have any sort of pride or ability to defend yourself or your family, and God forbid you like a movie that teaches you such things. Basically, what I'm saying is that if you're a bleeding heart wuss who doesn't like seeing drug-dealers getting their just-desserts, then you won't like this movie, and should probably go watch a Michael Moore movie or some mess.However, if you're a fan of action, suspense, and watching the bad-guys get the snot beat out of them, this is definitely a good movie for you.
Well Acted, Great Action, Emotionally Gripping (by lapostal)
This is maybe the 2nd time I've left a review on IMDb but I really felt the urge to leave one for this movie. Seeing Statham and Franco on a movie poster definitely intrigued me so I decided to give it a go. The movie surprised me greatly by grabbing me from the very get go, keeping me on the edge of my seat until the ending where my heart was beating rapidly. The acting was very well played, the story had some side elements to it but it did a great job of staying with the plot while leaving your imagination to handle the side elements as you deemed to create the characters. The <more>
development of each character was fantastic and the action was realistic while also bringing statham style fighting into the mix, which is always great. I highly recommend everyone should go see it.
You either like Statham movies or you don't (by mlparido)
I like them. And I hate to do this because to me what I am about to do always seems like a cop-out, but this time I must. I agree 100% with Slasher_Lover23's review of this movie. There, I did what I have always chided others for doing.I have been a fan of Statham's action movies from day one. Those were never GREAT movies, but better than good. Very entertaining. He pulled this change of the status quo off very well. Like all of Statham's movies, there is no reason to get upset over the violence or try to over analyze any aspect of the picture. Fans of Statham know what to expect <more>
and he always delivers in true form. It was nice to see him stretch a little this time out.
It's a Jason Statham movie, what were you expecting? (by santiagonunez16)
At first glance most Jason Statham movies are pretty much about the same thing. Some quiet, keep to himself guy finds himself using exceptional fighting skills against the bad guys. Turns our he's usually the fastest gun, in this case fist in the west. This time Jason Statham is a retired-likely forced retired DEA agent who raising his daughter after his wife and her mother pass away. They move to a quiet town somewhere in Louisiana and settle in. When his daughter gets harassed by the local bully in school, she drop kicks him into another dimension--hey, she did warn him before she broke <more>
the fat tub of lard's nose. Next we meet his mother, a very loud, unrecognizable Kate Bosworth who disrespects both daughter and Statham. When she fails at intimidating him by having her husband try to assault him in the school parking lot-a one-two takedown by Statham, she enlists the help of local meth kingpin brother, James Franco. There is a back story in the beginning and some actual character development dealing with Statham's former life and an undercover cop. Frank Zito, who in my opinion is very under rated both as a character actor and villain in this case, steals the opening sequence as motorcycle gang leader bent on revenge. This movie has some exceptional fight scenes, explosions, and very intense show down between Franco and Statham that was actually pretty surprising and satisfying. This is a Jason Statham movie but a strong supporting cast of Franco and Zito steal the show as both small time and big time antagonists. Action fans will enjoy this latest blend of action and drama from the last true action star of this genre. At 100 minutes, its just long enough to hold your interest. Surprisingly, Statham's last few films have contained some human elements to their stories. While it's not going to win any major awards, this movie is sure to please action fans and others looking for a decent night out at the movies.
This movie is very much underrated (by garrett_cranney)
Honestly this movie is good, it's a movie for all the Jason Statham fans out there. I enjoyed watching this movie over the 2nd Hunger games movie; catching fire. If you like those movies with ex special forces, ex military, ex special agent or someone who's just a solo destroyer, this is the movie for you. Jason Statham is so underrated and needs to be more known for his acting in these great action movies he's in. The story is a simple base line and that's all you really need for having such a good actor; Jason Statham. Great film overall! Definitely would recommend this <more>
movie to action lovers, especially those who like to see amazing take downs, and showing the enemies who's the boss.
Phil Broker Jason Statham a DEA agent who quits cause a bust does not go down the way he hoped, two years later, he and his daughter try to settle down in Mississippi, until his daughter beats up a bully, and the bullies crack head mom Kate Bosworth wants some kind of action done. Although Broker does his best to make peace, but the crack head moms drug lord brother James Franco is called in to shake things up.A pretty descent film, I like Jason Statham just does not play a one noted action hero, but also plays a concern parent pretty well also. Kate Bosworth is pretty unlikable in her <more>
role, but it proves to be quite challenging, gorgeous actress like Bosworth can play somebody pretty messed up. Winona Ryder and James Franco are good as the bad guys. It also some intense fight scenes and shootout scenes.
A Really Good Action Film....Very Intense (by TheTruthDoor)
I love Winona Ryder, in my opinion she is one of the sexiest actresses ever. Can you guess what made me go see this movie? Yes, it was Winona. I loved watching her in this film, she was great and looks awesome. I have also decided that James Franco is for real. He can play nice guys, mean guys and doped up drug dealers with ease. I never miss one of his films. So now let's talk about Jason Statham. Well this IS a Jason Statham movie so you know how it's going to end, I won't tell you any of the plot. I am not a real big fan of him but he did very well in this film. If you see only <more>
one Jason Statham film, make it be this one, he is at his best. The action scene's were very intense and the cinematography was excellent, you could definitely feel Sylvestor Stallone's influence. This is a must see film if you like action films, adults only though, there is some serious fowl language, definitely not for children. I give it 8 stars out of 10. Unfortunately though, it was released during the very competitive Thanksgiving weekend and will have a tough time holding up against other big budget films.
a statham movie keeping up to date (by jamieeaston57)
I was very pleased with this movie. Its got the action you want, a believable story to keep the momentum going and a handful of good actors to support it.First of all, I LOL at all the people criticizing the plot, dialog, character development etc, again let me LOL. People watch Jason's movies for the a** kicking action and fight scenes. I will admit, some of his movies I think about giving up at the half way mark, but this was one of his better films for sure. Transporter, Homefront, Hummingbird would be my favorite Statham movies not including the Guy Ritchie classics of course. 8/10 <more>
I enjoyed this film. But, to be fair, they have been making this specific type of film since the 70s and I enjoyed them then, I enjoy them now. Back in the day, this would have been a Charles Bronson film, or Chuck Norris film, or a Lee Marvin film . No I will not mislead you or tell you untruths. This is not an original story. It is a specific story which, depending on the actors and the direction, either works or does not work. Films like this never make it to the Oscars and often they don't do well in reviews either. But they can be fun. If you read the other reviews you already know <more>
the backstory -- the reason this specific formula was resurrected from the Script Graveyard and given the A-List treatment -- it was written/developed by Sly Stallone. Sly is too slick and too smart to let any property sit idle, so he "slyly" sorry picked Statham to play the lead. Once again, before anyone takes exception, I will note that my review of Hummingbird -- the first major film where Statham showed his acting "chops" -- was very popular in this database, so I feel entitled to make a final call. Which is this -- good movie. Could have been great, but it did OK, considering the part was not originally written for the actor who played the main role. And the heavies were to be fair just a tad over-written. I mean, if you have ever watched Justfied, you already know that the friendly overweight woman who runs the General Store in back mountain country is probably a serial killer. And the local deputy is corrupt and related to the judge. So, with such a rich assortment to draw upon, why import heavies? Final comment: I thought Izabela Vidovic as the daughter stole every scene she was in, most especially the opening which arguably -- and this is not unusual in action films -- was the best single setup in the production where she whips the snot out of a local bully who is twice her size after patiently and earnestly explaining to him that she warned him -- twice.