A retired police officer/government agent/all-around badass finds himself having to leap back into action to protect those close to him. This setup should sound familiar to anyone who has seen an American action movie in the last couple of decades. However, that description also aptly fits the basic premise of Homefront, the upcoming thriller starring Jason Statham and James Franco.
Statham stars as Phil Broker, a former DEA agent who faces off with a local meth dealer (James Franco) after moving to a small town. The film also stars Kate Bosworth, Rachelle Lefevre and Winona Ryder and was written by none other than Statham’s Expendables co-star Sylvester Stallone (whose own fall offering, Escape Plan, didn’t exactly set the box office on fire in its debut weekend).
We’ve already gotten our first look at the film via its initial trailer. Now, via IGN, Homefront has received a new red-band trailer. The plot certainly isn’t anything revolutionary. It relies heavy on revenge as a motivating force and the hidden corruption of a seemingly quiet town.
The new trailer however, gives us an even sharper glimpse at why Franco’s character is so dead-set on taking down Statham and sets the stage for an all-out war between the two characters. The film is looking to give Statham an excellent chance to wow audiences once again with his deft martial arts skills and provide Franco with another sleazy, off-the-wall character in line with his turn in last year’s Spring Breakers.
That being said, director Gary Fleder (Kiss the Girls, Don’t Say a Word) has a reputation for creating taut thrillers but not the strongest history with bringing action to the big screen. In fact, his films usually lean more towards intense drama and suspense than anything resembling the frenetic over-the-top action of Statham’s Transporter or Expendables films. Moviegoers probably shouldn’t go into Homefront expecting the next The Raid: Redemption but instead something more along the lines of Dwayne Johnson’s Snitch, at least as far as the tone is concerned. All in all, the Statham-Franco combo could make this one to watch.
What do you think of Homefront, based on the new red-band trailer? Are you looking forward to its two stars facing off, or do you feel like the film feels a bit too familiar? Sound off in the comments section below.
Homefront hits theaters on November 27, 2013.