‘Homefront’ Red-Band Trailer: Jason Statham Is On The Warpath

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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.

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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.

Source: IGN

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  1. Trevor Philips Industries

    • lol! Nice GTAV reference there.

      • Lol I’m surprised you’re the only one who caught on!

  2. Basically your typical Stath movies… so if you really like his action stuffs, you’re gonna like this, but if you’re looking for variety, not recommended much?

  3. Any movie with jason statham in it will b awesome I can’t wait for his movies to b released to see what he will do next

  4. This looks like top drawer Statham.
    I like even bottom drawer Statham.

  5. What I like the most (other that is Statham in a movie–lol) is the fact the Franco is a serious bad ass in this film as well (I mean him being a villain nothing compared to Statham)

  6. A character played by James Franco vs a character played by Jason Statham,hmmmm I wonder who is going to win.

  7. Statham should have played Reacher.

  8. Hello,
    I tried to contact screen rant,but for some reason it will not let me.
    I was wondering if they are going to review homefront.

  9. After the death of his wife, Phil Broker (Jason Statham) and his young daughter Maddy (Izabela Vidovic) to a small Louisiana town. What starts out as what was supposed to be a new beginning quickly changes. After an altercation with a local hick family, the wife Cassie (Kate Bosworth), enlists her brother Gator (James Franco) to put a scare into him. But what starts out as a few minor threats quickly begins to escalate and become more personal, and Broker is willing to do whatever it takes to protect his daughter and his homefront.

    Jason Statham has been known for his past non-stop action films. While entreating and fun, most of them lack a lot of substance. Homefront is a change of pace. Instead of playing the normal character he usually does, Statham is family man this time around. He’s trying to provide a better life for his daughter by trying to avoid conflict, but conflict seems to follow him amongst the townspeople. At the film’s core it’s about a man trying to do his best, but like many people, he has his limit. What sets it apart from Statham’s other films is that there’s more to the story than him running around beating the hell out of everyone. There is also more substance to his character. But it certainly wouldn’t be a Jason Statham movie without some good fight sequences. While we are treated to minor ones throughout the movie, the biggest one of all, of course, is in the final act of the movie. The film does a good job of balancing the story with action which should be please most audiences However, one of it’s weaknesses is that it has more villains than necessary, and it ultimately leaves the viewer wondering who the real villain is. It also suffers from some weak character development with some pretty important characters including Kate Bosworth’s character who essentially is the one who sets things in motion, she pops up every once in a while and randomly shows up at the end. Rachelle Lefevre who stars as Maddy’s school psychologist isn’t given much to work with either. She’s introduced and it’s evident there’s chemistry between her and Statham’s character and that’s really it. And while she’s present through a good chunk of the movie as Franco’s girlfriend, Winona Ryder has a character that should have been given a bit more history, as she’s an integral part when it comes to the “other” villains.

    Jason Statham gives a very credible performance. As noted, we typically see him as the all- around tough guy with nothing much else to show. Here, we see him as a father caring for his daughter, plus that, and he balances both really well. The moments between him and newcomer Izabela Vidovic are nice to watch as their chemistry as father and daughter really works. Vidovic also gives a very good performance as Maddy, she portrays a tough young girl well, but plays the emotional moments when discussing her deceased mother very well. James Franco stars as one of the major villains in the movie. After his villain-ish performance in Spring Breakers, Franco takes on a more legitimate villain role. The thing about Franco as the villain here is that we never know what his next move will be, he does a excellent job of keeping the audience on their toes. The rest of the cast (at least what we see of them) do a decent job, though nothing spectacular or memorable.

    For a film of a new nature for Jason Statham, Homefront does a well-done job, as does Statham and Franco. The story is one that can appeal to both genders. It’s not all action, but offers plenty of thrills and dramatic elements to keep the story going until the big fight scenes occur. Despite some of the weak character development, and the over-abundance of villains, Homefront is an above average film that is easily Statham’s best.

    My Rating: 8/10