Thursday, January 2, 2014

Man on Film: Homefront

Generally speaking, Sylvester Stallone the screenwriter has a pretty strong grasp as to what his audience wants. This doesn't always result in high art, but it's usually fun. His latest screenplay that made its way to the screen is Homefront, a star vehicle for Stallone's now-frequent collaborator Jason Statham directed by Gary Fleder (Kiss the Girls, The Express). Though Statham has a helluva time sticking with the accent established in the open, he does get to play the part of the one-man wrecking ball. If there's one thing the audience wants in a Jason Statham movie, it is to get to see him kick a whole lot of ass. Homefront delivers that in spades.

What Homefront also has is a fairly strong supporting cast. James Franco plays the country thug with flair. Kate Bosworth is surprisingly good as a meth-head mom. Winona Ryder, Frank Grillo, and Clancy Brown round out the support.

In the end, though, it's all about Statham, and Homefront is one of the better showcases for his skill-set in recent memory. It may not reinvent the wheel, but Statham can use that wheel to beat the fuck out of you.

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