Homefront (film)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Homefront
Homefront promotional poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Gary Fleder
Produced by Avi Lerner
Sylvester Stallone
Kevin King Templeton
John Thompson
Screenplay by Sylvester Stallone
Based on Homefront 
by Chuck Logan
Starring Jason Statham
James Franco
Winona Ryder
Kate Bosworth
Rachelle Lefevre
Frank Grillo
Clancy Brown
Izabela Vidovic
Music by Mark Isham
Cinematography Theo van de Sande
Edited by Padraic McKinley
Production
company
Millennium Films
Nu Image
Endgame Releasing
Distributed by Open Road Films
Release dates
  • November 27, 2013 (2013-11-27)
Running time 100 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $22 million[2]
Box office $43,058,898[2]

Homefront is a 2013 American action thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and released nationwide in theaters on November 27.[3] Based on Chuck Logan's novel of the same name and adapted into a screenplay by Sylvester Stallone, the film stars Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, and Kate Bosworth. Filming began on October 1, 2012 in New Orleans.

Synopsis[edit]

In Shreveport, Louisiana, DEA Agent Phil Broker (Jason Statham) is undercover in a biker gang, led by Danny T (Chuck Zito). The bikers go to a bar where they cook crystal meth. The DEA invade the bar and Broker is revealed to be a DEA agent and escapes during a shootout, along with Danny T and his son Jojo. Broker chases them and Danny T is arrested, but Jojo commits suicide by cop. A distraught Danny T swears revenge on Broker for his son's death as he is taken away to jail. Disturbed by what has happened, Broker quits his job.

Two years later, Broker and his daughter Maddy (Izabela Vidovic) have moved to a small town, where Maddy's deceased mother grew up. Broker has set up a contracting business with his friend Teedo (Omar Benson Miller). One day, while Maddy is playing at school, a classmate named Teddy Klum pushes Maddy and makes fun of her. She responds by punching him and breaking his nose. Broker and Teddy's parents are called by school counselor Susan (Rachelle Lefevre). Susan tells Broker that Teddy is a special needs child, while his parents, Cassie (Kate Bosworth) and Jimmy (Marcus Hester), can be a handful. The local sheriff (Clancy Brown) arrives and attempts to keep the peace. Cassie convinces Jimmy to confront Broker, Broker defends himself and gains the attention of teachers, townspeople and the sheriff.

Susan warns Broker that he needs to be careful. Meanwhile, drug dealer Gator Bodine (James Franco) confronts some local teens for doing business in his area. That night, Cassie, who is Gator's sister, goes to his home and asks him to scare Broker. It is also revealed that she has a drug problem and Gator is her main supplier.

A few days later, Broker is approached by three of Gator's thugs (Stuart Greer and Owen Harn), but defeats them in a fight at a gas station.

The next day, while Broker is riding with Maddy, Gator breaks into Broker's house and steals Maddy's cat and one of her stuffed animals. Looking through Broker's personal belongings, he discovers that Broker is a former cop. He finds a photo of an undercover Broker and takes it. After going through several Broker's files, Gator realizes that Broker is responsible for Danny T's arrest.

Broker has earlier asked Susan to help him plan Maddy's birthday party. Maddy apologizes to Teddy by inviting him to the party. Gator tells his ex-girlfriend Sheryl Mott (Winona Ryder) about Broker, since she knows people searching for him. Sheryl tells Danny T's lawyer and he manages to get the information to Danny T, who demands they kill Broker to avenge Jojo's death. To that end, Sheryl meets with Cyrus Hanks (Frank Grillo), who was a hitman for Danny T's gang.

Broker asks Teedo about Gator and he learns that Gator is a Meth cook & local criminal badass. Gator gets away with his crimes by eliminates all the other criminal competition in town, thus making the Sheriff's job easier. In turn, the Sheriff tends to look the other way when Gator cooks (despite this, the Sheriff is still basically an honest man). Teedo also mentions that he and Gator eat breakfast every day at the same time at a local diner. The next day, Broker confronts Gator, who is having breakfast with Sheryl. Broker receives a photo of Sheryl from an old DEA colleague. He goes to Gator's house to investigate. After setting a booby trap, he finds the stuffed animal and Maddy's cat. While catching the cat, he is knocked out by Gator's thugs. After they torture him, he manages to break free, beat down the thugs and escape. He decides that he and Maddy need to leave town immediately. Broker asks Teedo to help him.

Cyrus says they will kill Broker that night. Gator is on the other side of town, playing pool, therefore creating an alibi, and Cyrus forces Sheryl to go to the house with his posse, by boat. Teedo sees a member of Cyrus's crew in the barn and after a fight impales him on a pitchfork. Broker hears the commotion after Teedo warns him with the trucks' horn and hides Maddy in the basement, while he takes out the attackers, except for Cyrus. After warning Broker, Teedo is shot and Maddy is abducted by Sheryl in the boat she arrived in. Broker and Cyrus fight, Broker gets him in an armbar and cracks his arm, he then grabs the knife that Cyrus had and stabs him three times in his chest with it, killing him. and then he sees his daughter abducted by Sheryl. The police arrive and Broker chases after Sheryl's boat with the sheriff's car.

Cassie arrives at Gator's house with news of the gunfight and the abduction. When she sees that Gator has kidnapped Maddy, she unwittingly sets off the booby trap and Gator's warehouse explodes. Cassie attempts to save the girl, but Gator shoots her. Broker arrives, but Gator escapes. Broker chases Gator to a bridge, which is closed off by the sheriff. When Broker's car flips, Gator attempts to shoot Broker, but his daughter distracts him and Broker beats him badly, telling Gator can he smell the wood burning (a line said to Broker earlier on the film), but before he can finish off Gator, Broker looks at Maddy and then decides to spare Gator, saying to him that Maddy just saved his life. Sheryl and Gator are then both arrested, while Teedo and Cassie are taken to hospital to be treated. Broker visits Danny T in prison to taunt him by saying that when Danny T gets out, he will be waiting.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Homefront has received mixed to negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 42% rating, with an average score of 4.8/10, based on 103 reviews. The site's consensus states: "While it boasts a capable cast, the disappointingly dull Homefront hearkens back to classic action thrillers without adding anything to the genre."[5] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating based on reviews from mainstream critics, the film has a score of 39 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[6]

Box office[edit]

Homefront grossed $6.9 million in its opening weekend, finishing in 5th place. It finished its theatrical run with a total gross of $43 million, against its $22 million budget.[7]

Sequel[edit]

Sylvester Stallone stated in an interview in April 2014 that a possible sequel for the movie is being developed. Jason Statham is set to reprise his role but no other cast has been finalised yet, although a tentative release date of January 2015 was given.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HOMEFRONT (15)". Lions Gate Entertainment. British Board of Film Classification. October 9, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Homefront (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ Open Road Films (2013-06-20). "Open Road Pushes Back Machete Kills and Homefront". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  4. ^ "Izabela Vidovic". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  5. ^ "Homefront". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Homefront Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=homefront.htm

External links[edit]