Homefront (film)

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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
Pruitt Taylor Vince
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 date
  • November 27, 2013 (2013-11-27)
Running time
100 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $22 million[2]
Box office $43.1 million[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.

Plot[edit]

Two years after the raids of a gang's meth lab where his cover was broken, former DEA Agent Phil Broker (Jason Statham) and his daughter Maddy (Izabela Vidovic) have moved to a small Louisiana town where Maddy's deceased mother grew up. Maddy gets into a schoolyard fight with a bully named Teddy Klum; when Broker comes to the school, Teddy's hostile father, Jimmy (Marcus Hester), picks a fight with him and loses. Cassie Klum (Kate Bosworth) later asks her brother, a drug dealer named Gator Bodine (James Franco), to scare Broker.

Broker fights off a few of Gator's thugs at a gas station when they threaten him. While he and Maddy later go horseback riding, Gator breaks into their house. He deduces from old personnel files that Broker was the undercover cop responsible for the arrest of Danny T (Chuck Zito) in the raid two years earlier. Hoping to get a wider distribution for the drugs he manufactures, Gator tips off Danny T, who sends members of his gang to kill Broker.

Broker finds Gator's meth lab and sabotages it. He is captured and tortured by the same thugs he fought off earlier, but manages to fight them off and escape. As he and Maddy are preparing to leave, the gang members arrive. In the scuffle, Broker manages to kill most of the gang members and Maddy is kidnapped, but not before she calls the police. She uses her cell phone to call her dad and, from her descriptions, Broker realizes that she has been taken to Gator's meth lab.

Cassie arrives at Gator's warehouse with news of the gunfight. When she discovers Maddy there, she accidentally sets off the booby trap that Broker has set up. The lab and much of the warehouse explode, and Gator watches his business go up in flames. A scuffle ensues and Gator shoots Cassie before fleeing with Maddy in his truck. Broker chases him in a police cruiser until they find themselves stuck on a bridge closed off by the sheriff. Broker beats up Gator badly, stopping short of shooting him in front of the police when he notices his daughter watching.

Gator is arrested and Broker later visits Danny T in prison, letting him know that he will be around when Danny T is eventually released.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Homefront has received mixed reviews from critics, though the performances of Bosworth, Franco, and Statham were highlighted. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 42% rating, with an average score of 4.9/10, based on 107 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."[4] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating based on reviews from mainstream critics, the film has a score of 40 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[5]

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.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HOMEFRONT (15)". Lions Gate Entertainment. British Board of Film Classification. October 9, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Homefront (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Open Films (2013-06-20). "Open Road Pushes Back Machete Kills and Homefront". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  4. ^ "Homefront". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Homefront Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 

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