Homefront (film)

Homefront is a 2013 American action thriller film directed by Gary Fleder, written by Sylvester Stallone and released nationwide in theaters on November 27.[4] Based on the 2005 novel Homefront, the film stars Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, and Kate Bosworth. Filming began on October 1, 2012 in New Orleans.

Homefront
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byGary Fleder
Produced by
Screenplay bySylvester Stallone
Based onHomefront
by Chuck Logan
Starring
Music byMark Isham
CinematographyTheo van de Sande
Edited byPadraic McKinley
Production
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Distributed byOpen Road Films
Release date
  • November 27, 2013 (2013-11-27) (United States)
Running time
100 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$22 million[2]
Box office$51.7 million[3]

PlotEdit

Two years after the raid of a gang's methamphetamine laboratory where his cover was blown, retired DEA Agent Phil Broker and his daughter Maddy move 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 mother, Cassie, instigates a fight between her husband and Broker, which Broker wins easily. Enraged, Cassie later asks her brother, a drug dealer named Gator Bodine, to scare Broker. Broker's friend Teedo warns him that the locals may engage in an old-school feud.

Broker fights off a few of Gator's thugs at a gas station. While he and Maddy later go horse riding, Gator breaks into their house. He deduces from old personnel files that Broker was the undercover cop responsible for Danny T's arrest, which resulted in the death of Danny T's son. Hoping to get a wider distribution for his drugs, Gator tips off Danny T, who sends members of his gang to kill Broker. Upon Teedo's advice, Broker attempts to smooth over the situation with Teddy's family, and Maddy invites Teddy to her birthday party. As tensions between the two families slowly ease, Gator warns Cassie to stay away from Broker.

Broker's DEA contacts warn him that Gator may be involved with Danny T. Broker finds Gator's meth lab and sabotages it. Gator's thugs capture and torture him, but he gets free and beats them again. As he and Maddy prepare to leave, the gang members arrive. One of the gang members goes to the barn and fights Teedo, who kills him with a pitchfork after being seriously injured. Broker kills most of the gang members. Panicking, Gator's girlfriend, and ex-biker groupie, Sheryl kidnaps Maddy. Maddy 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 after hearing news of the gunfight. When she discovers Maddy there, she accidentally sets off Broker's booby trap. The lab and much of the warehouse explode, and Gator watches his business go up in flames. Disgusted with her brother, Cassie attempts to flee with Maddy, leading to a scuffle in which Gator accidentally shoots Cassie. As Gator flees with Maddy in his truck, Broker chases him in a police cruiser. Stuck on a bridge closed off by the sheriff, Broker is injured from crashing the car. Gator nearly kills Broker, but he is distracted by Maddy, who he tries to scare into looking away. Taking advantage, Broker frees himself, savagely beats and ridicules Gator, and puts a gun to Gator's head. With a look, Maddy silently pleads with her father not to kill Gator, and Broker relents. Gator and Sheryl are arrested, and both Teedo and Cassie are taken to the hospital. Broker later visits Danny T in prison, letting him know that he will be around when Danny T is eventually released.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Development and writingEdit

The screenplay was written by Sylvester Stallone based on the novel of the same name by writer Chuck Logan. It was originally intended as a starring role for Stallone but he passed on the role to Statham staying on as producer.[5]

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

Homefront grossed $6.9 million in its opening weekend, finishing in 5th place. It finished its theatrical run with a total gross of $51.7 million, against its $22 million production budget.[3]

Critical responseEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 43% based on 115 reviews, with an average rating of 4.97/10. The site's critical consensus states: "While it boasts a capable cast, the disappointingly dull Homefront hearkens back to classic action thrillers without adding anything to the genre."[6] On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 40 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[7] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale.[8]

Scott Foundas of Variety magazine notes the reliable presence of Statham, but blames director Gary Fleder for "making an incoherent jumble of most of the action scenes". He calls Bosworth's performance the film's "greatest surprise", and Franco's performance as its "biggest disappointment". Foundas calls the film "surprisingly joyless" and "less than the sum of its parts."[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "HOMEFRONT (15)". Lions Gate Entertainment. British Board of Film Classification. October 9, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  2. ^ "Homefront (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. November 27, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Homefront (2013) – Financial Information". The Numbers.
  4. ^ Open Films (June 20, 2013). "Open Road Pushes Back Machete Kills and Homefront". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved September 13, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Scott Foundas (November 21, 2013). "Film Review: 'Homefront'". Variety magazine. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "Homefront". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  7. ^ "Homefront Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  8. ^ "CinemaScore". Archived from the original on July 22, 2018. Retrieved December 14, 2018.

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