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posted Friday, November 29 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 48
Southern-fried noir, Homefront wallows in genre clichés - and therein lies its greasy charm
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Southern-fried noir, Homefront wallows in genre clichés - and therein lies its greasy charm

by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

HOMEFRONT
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After a bust goes horribly wrong, and his wife tragically dies of cancer, former DEA special agent Phil Broker (Jason Statham) has retired to a quiet, secluded Louisiana township with his 10-year-old daughter Maddy (Izabela Vidovic) to start over anew. But when a school bully makes his move, by defending herself the young girl inadvertently starts a chain reaction that will put both her and her father's lives in danger.

How? The kid's crazed, meth-addicted mother Cassie (Kate Bosworth) just so happens to be the sister of the town's resident drug lord Morgan 'Gator' Bodine (James Franco), and she wants him to exact a little whoop-ass on him as punishment for his daughter's perceived transgressions. But after Broker sends a couple of his men to the hospital with improbable ease, Gator realizes the fish that's swum into his once-quiet pond might be bigger than anyone knows. Putting two and two together he uncovers exactly who this man is, and using his strung-out girlfriend Sheryl (Winona Ryder) as a go-between he's going to broker a deal with powerful criminal forces interested in seeing the former lawman and his little girl come to a brutal end.

Based on the book by Chuck Logan, with a script (apparently written eons ago) by none other than Sylvester Stallone, Homefront is the type of grungy, Southern-fried noir one imagines Burt Reynolds or Patrick Swayze would have loved to call their own back during their respective action heydays. Comparisons to low-rent bayou favorites like White Lightning, Gator, Roadhouse, and Next of Kin are more than obvious, while somewhat subtle allusions to Walter Hill's Southern Comfort waft around the edges as well.

To my mind this isn't a bad thing, per se, because as B-grade as all of those films might be they're not exactly painful to watch. They're dirty, nasty, freewheeling, pulpy fun, almost start to finish, and as silly and stupid as their respective plots might be they're made with just enough style and acted with more than enough forceful machismo their shortcomings aren't near as giant a problem as by all accounts they should be.

A FAMILIAR AROMA
Directed by Gary Fleder (Kiss the Girls, Runaway Jury), Homefront wears its retro celluloid heritage like a badge of honor, the film overflowing in genre clichés so ripe they can probably be smelled three screening rooms down at the local multiplex. But Statham was born to play an unstoppable force of nature like Broker, while both Bosworth and Ryder have so much fun portraying their respective dimwitted strung-out antagonists as the film progresses it becomes increasingly difficult to remove one's eyes from either of them. As for Franco, anyone who watched Spring Breakers knows he has no problem slumming into giddily greasy depths of psycho-redneck oddity, his Gator Bodine as memorable a villain as any I've encountered this year.

It is pretty absurd, of that there is no question, the film a dim and dank little thriller where the outcome is never in doubt and the only question is just how high the body count is going to rise by the time everything comes to its preordained conclusion. But Fleder doesn't try to ever hide the fact that, no matter what is thrown his way, no matter what obstacle he has to stare down, nothing is going to stop Broker from exacting justice. His skills are lethal from the get-go and they never become less so at any point throughout. He's a brutal, inflexible killing machine, his only concern his little girl's welfare, and everything attempting to change that becomes fodder for his destructive talents.

None of which makes Homefront a particularly great film, but as throwback genre efforts go (of which, it must be admitted, there have been quite a few in 2013), Fleder and Stallone's adaptation of the Logan novel can be a heck of a lot of fun. Franco, in particular, is a hoot, and it's nice to see a movie not attempt to make its central bad guy more than he actually is, adding an oddly relatable human element that makes the madness almost plausible. The movie, for all its familiarity, as much as it gaily wades in the shallow end of the cinematic intellectual gene pool, is much more entertaining than it maybe has a right to be, and I don't have any problem with that whatsoever.

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