Saturday, March 22, 2014

Jason versus Homefront

I'm an unashamed Jason Statham fan. He and Dwayne Johnson are the only true action guys around these days if you discount the aging -- and much respected, mind you -- gang I grew up with. However, aside from a few select flicks, The Stath has never taken off with mainstream audiences who likely see his movies as more of the same. Is that the case with his latest, Homefront? Stick with me!

A former DEA agent moves his family to a quiet town, where he soon tangles with a local meth dealer.

Yeah, on the surface, this does sound like more of the same. But it doesn't take long to realize that Homefront is more than just a polished update of an old Cannon movie.

For one the script, by Sylvester Stallone no less, is a lot smarter than movies of this type. Things begin small and escalate through a believable chain of events to the big throw down action fans wants to see. Ex-DEA agent angle aside, something like this could, and probably has, happened to a family somewhere. It's kinda scary in that sense.

About the action, it's great. There's not too little, not too much. Everything is just right. And it's of the R-rated variety too. In fact, this is an old-school, R-rated action flick. So people swear, just like they do in the real world. Or at least the world I live in.

The cast is also above par. Statham is, and always shall be, the man. He plays within his wheelhouse, but is a lot more believable. I know, I'm using that word a lot here. I also liked James Franco, who I usually despise. He plays a great small town piece of shit who is in way over his head. And he gets his ass handed to him, which is something I've always wanted to do.

I gotta give a special shout out to Frank Grillo, who is near-perfect as a bad ass biker. I've run into a few in my former life, and this dude nails it.

Homefront rates a Good. It's like the action flicks I grew up with, only slightly different. Ha ha!
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