HomeFront: A Thrilling Action Movie Starring Jason Statham and James Franco
HomeFront is a 2013 American action thriller movie directed by Gary Fleder and written by Sylvester Stallone, who also produced the movie with Kevin King Templeton and John Thompson. The movie is based on the 2005 novel HomeFront by Chuck Logan. The movie stars Jason Statham as Phil Broker, a former DEA agent who moves to a small Louisiana town with his daughter Maddy, played by Izabela Vidovic. There, he gets into trouble with a local drug lord named Gator, played by James Franco, who discovers his past and seeks revenge.
The movie features intense action scenes, such as a schoolyard fight, a house invasion, a meth lab sabotage, and a final showdown at Gator’s warehouse. The movie also has a strong cast of supporting actors, such as Winona Ryder as Gator’s girlfriend Sheryl, Kate Bosworth as Cassie, Gator’s sister and Teddy’s mother, Rachelle Lefevre as Susan Hetch, Broker’s love interest, Frank Grillo as Cyrus Hanks, Gator’s partner in crime, Clancy Brown as Sheriff Keith Rodrigue, Broker’s ally, and Chuck Zito as Danny T, the biker gang boss who has a grudge against Broker.
HomeFront was released nationwide in theaters on November 27, 2013. The movie received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the performances of Statham and Franco, but criticized the clichÃ©d plot and the excessive violence. The movie was a moderate box office success, grossing $51.7 million worldwide against a budget of $22 million.
HomeFront is a movie for fans of action thrillers who enjoy watching Jason Statham kick some ass and James Franco play a menacing villain. The movie is rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, drug content and brief sexuality.
The movie is based on the novel HomeFront by Chuck Logan, which was published in 2005. The novel is the fifth in a series featuring Phil Broker, a former undercover cop who becomes a private investigator. The novel follows Broker as he tries to protect his daughter from a group of meth dealers who are after him for his involvement in a raid that killed their leader’s son. The novel was praised by critics for its realistic portrayal of the meth trade and its impact on rural communities.
Sylvester Stallone acquired the rights to the novel in 2005 and wrote the screenplay as a potential installment of his Rambo film series. However, he later decided to make it a standalone movie and cast Jason Statham as the lead. Stallone also served as one of the producers of the movie, along with Kevin King Templeton and John Thompson. The movie was directed by Gary Fleder, who had previously directed thrillers such as Kiss the Girls and Runaway Jury. The movie was filmed in New Orleans, Louisiana, in late 2012.
The movie was released by Open Road Films in the United States on November 27, 2013, coinciding with the Thanksgiving weekend. The movie opened at number five at the box office, earning $6.9 million in its first weekend. The movie faced competition from other releases such as Frozen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and Thor: The Dark World. The movie received mixed reviews from critics, who gave it an average score of 40 out of 100 on Metacritic and a 43% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critics praised the performances of Statham and Franco, but criticized the plot for being predictable and formulaic. The critics also noted that the movie was too violent and graphic for its PG-13 rating.