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If you’re averse to F-bombs, gunplay and seeing footage from what looks like every single fight scene in the entire film, maybe think twice before watching this humdinger of a red band trailer for the new action movie Homefront. But for everybody that fully embraces those things, you’ll enjoy the f-bomb out of this.
I still don’t know if I believe this movie exists or not, as the description “action drama which pits undercover cop Jason Statham against meth cook James Franco in a bullets ‘n’ bats battle of the brawn” just sounds ridiculous. And it also looks ridiculous…ly awesome. I kind of tuned out of Statham’s action romps after , assuming that no other film could possibly top any aspect of its excessiveness, and while that’s undoubtedly still true, Gary Fielder’s Homefront looks like an honest-to-goodness throwback to the devil-may-care actions movies of decades past, filling out a fairly simple plot with a barrage of bullets and roundhouse kicks. No one is trying to save the President and there is no terrorist threat holding a town hostage. This is just pulse-pounding machismo, and I can’t wait to see Statham punch Franco’s character in his hick face over and over again until it turns into mulch.
IGN, a good chunk of the action here wasn’t shown in the still-exciting first trailer. For one, this one quickly introduces viewers to the ruthlessness of small town monster Gator Bodine, who comes at a few low-life meth dealers with a bat and a threat to pour gasoline down their throats. Not the most ethically sound role Franco has taken, but he pulls it off well (though it’s nowhere near as dazzling as his Alien character in Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers from earlier this year). Still, Jason Statham is more electrifying than all of Franco’s Spring Breakers’ co-stars put together.
As a former DEA agent, Statham’s Phil Broker movies into Bodine’s small town, where both he and his daughter, played by Isabela Vidovic, become immediate targets to the town’s seedy underbelly. And it’s up to Broker to shove people’s heads through windows and blow people’s kneecaps out. I mean seriously, unless you are in top physical shape, don’t tell someone who looks like Statham that you are going to kick his ass above his shoulders. It’s just rude.
I think I’m behind Homefront because it blends the Southern psychological thriller with the inner city actioner, which isn’t the most oft-seen genre mash-up. Statham characters have taken on some really ruthless individuals in the past, but we’re just fucking crazy here in the South. Mix a little meth into the mix and nothing is off-limits.
Written by none other than Sylvester Stallone, Homeland also stars Winona Rider, Clancy Brown, Rachelle Lefevre, Kate Bosworth, and Frank Grillo, and it will open in theaters on November 27, just as you’re waking up from your Thanksgiving coma.
Check out the film’s first high-energy trailer below.