The Movie: 6.5/10
First impressions do mean something, we all know this. The thing is, the final impression is also important. When you meet someone, get to know them, talk a bit, by the end of that first conversation you have probably forgotten your initial impression and as you walk away, and later that day, and the next week, the final impression is what matters. Were they rude when they walked away? Did they become boring by the end of the conversation? Were they super hard to say good-bye too because they wouldn’t shut up? That last impression lingers. Why am I talking about this? Well, I realized as a sat down to talk about this movie, after a few days of the memory of it sitting on a shelf in my head, I had forgotten most of the movie. I even forgot which movie we watched and had to load up this review template to remind me….sooo….. how did that happen?
I enjoyed the movie, truly I did. How is it that my final impression, and lasting impression is a total memory block of the experience? Let’s talk about the good stuff first. I like Jason Statham and James Franco, most of the time. They compel me for some weird reason. They both have huge hits and misses when it comes to the roles they choose. There are some absolutely “He’s awesome” moments for both, but more “HUH?” moments. Homefront is a strange mixture, not so much from the actual characters they play, but certain moments, choices they make while playing them. Generally speaking I liked them both this time, but those moments when they seemed kind of blah unfortunately hung around in my mind more than the good moments. Initially both of them come on the screen with a great powerful TADA, and yet by the end they fall into a more bland less interesting groove.
The young lady who plays the daughter, Izabela Vidovic, steals the entire movie, of course. She’s not a whiny little helpless girl. She’s tough and emotionally strong and does a great job of staying in my movie memory as the best thing about Homefront. The rest of the cast is OK, the women are either horribly bitchy and misguided, too f_ing perfect, or dead, so there’s that. Kate Bosworth does a fantastic job though, her horribly bitchy beginning does soften and she does it well.
The action is full on, fights and explosions, and gunfire, it’s all here. I didn’t mind the fights, in fact they were pretty intense and kept my interest. I don’t like long drawn out fight scenes, they are sooooo boring. This time Statham and Franco get to the point pretty damn quickly when they are muscling their way into making their case to the poor unfortunates in their way.
Overall I would say that it’s an OK flick for the action, pretty good story (not new or original), and I wanted to go along for the ride even though I was pretty sure how it was all going to end. That can be a terrible way to watch a movie, however, sometimes you just check your nitpicking brain at the door and let it happen. Homefront happened and now I will probably forget it again once I finish typing this sentence. What was I just talking about? Oh well, time for another cup of tea.
- Deleted Scenes – 9 minutes of deleted scenes one of which is an extended ending.
- Standoff – Talking Head style featurette very brief and little to no information is given.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 4/10
The cover serves the purpose, sell this movie as a tough guy with a kid flick. I wouldn’t have it as a poster, but I understand why it is what it is. The menu is just navigation, nothing special.
Audio & Video: 8/10
A solid presentation here as Universal bring Homefront home. The 1080P AVC encode is rich warm and inviting like the Louisiana local the movie was filmed in. Blacks are inky and not crushed and skin-tones are perfectly serviceable. One of the standouts here is the ending scenes which is bathed in the light of flashing police lights and really looks stunning.
Moving onto the audio side of things, Homefront is very loud, so loud in fact that I needed to turn my amplifier down a few notches. Universal have wisely used the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track to really immerse you into his violent world. The scene where Statham kicks arse in the bad guys lair is full of LFE effects, with every kick making your subwoofer rumble the whole room. If you are an action fan, this is an awesome sounding movie to show off that speaker system.
Overall Score 6.5/10