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"Homefront" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth star in this action-packed thriller about how far one man will go to protect his family. Widowed ex-DEA agent Phil Broker (Statham) retires to a quiet Southern town with his 10-year-old daughter and discovers that the idyllic setting is riddled with drugs and violence. When a riveting chain of events forces him to face off with psychotic local drug lord Gator Bodine (Franco), Broker must retaliate using the fearsome skills he hoped to keep in his past. From screenwriter Sylvester Stallone. 

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2013, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 41 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS HD Master
  • Starring: Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Rachelle Lefevre
  • Directed by: Gary Fleder
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

If you like Statham movies, this one is right up your alley. Fasted paced, great action sequences and a fairly simple plot line. Nothing groundbreaking in the story, but the acting is quite good (even the kid). The plot does not bother to get bogged down with a secondary "love interest" storyline. It just sticks to the main theme of drugs, motorcycles and bad guys going after Statham and his daughter. At first I thought, ”How can Franco go up against Statham?”…I mean, what a mismatch! In reality, Franco is just an ominous instigator/local drug dealer and there are a slew of bad guy for Statham to disassemble. Which he does. He is both a force of nature and a loving father.  If you are in the mood for an action flick, this one is worthy of your time. (Notice who wrote the screen play?)

Technical

Picture and sound are very good. The night scenes have a bit of graininess around sunset, but it does not distract from an otherwise pristine movie. The surround sound is aggressive during the explosions and gun fights. Dialog is clean, even if the Cajun accents are bit faked.  

Extras

Along with a DVD and digital copy, you get some deleted scenes, commentary and theatrical previews.