In this modern-day western (think High Noon, think 3:10 to Yuma, or think Sylvester Stallone writing a final installment of Rambo, which, in fact, is exactly Homefront's provenance), Statham is Phil Broker, a DEA agent who quit his gig after a bust gone bad. Two years later, he can be found in sleepy Rayville, La., starting over on an old plantation. It's just him and his almost 10-year-old, Maddy (Izabela Vidovic). Broker's a widower now, and he's trying to go off the grid - someplace without much of a grid to begin with.
Father and daughter ride horses. Broker fixes the house while Maddy is at school. But then Maddy gets picked on by a classroom bully, and defends herself, just like Dad taught her to do. Suddenly the Brokers aren't so inconspicuous anymore, especially since the bully's mom, Cassie (Kate Bosworth, slumming), is Gator's meth-head sister.
Anyone in this town not a meth head?
Yes. That would be Susan Hatch (Rachelle Lefevre), the pretty school psychologist. The way she looks at Broker, you can tell she'd be happy to continue their parent conference outside office hours.
Homefront, directed by Gary Fleder (from that script by Stallone), is a story of a man pushed to his limits, forced to protect his property and his progeny, when Gator goes crazy and when a tattooed squad of avenging bikers rumble into town.
Luckily, Statham is up to the task. Which is a surprise, because he's never, ever done anything like this before.
Directed by Gary Fleder. With Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, and Izabela Vidovic. Distributed by Open Road.
Running time: 1 hour, 40 mins.
Parent's guide: R (violence, profanity, drugs, adult themes)
Playing at: area theaters