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Bad Movie Tuesday: Homefront and the underutilization of Gator Bodine

April 29, 2014


My Jason Statham movie poster theory has been given added credibiliy with Homefront. Here is my theory.

Overcoat posters = 70.25% on Rotten Tomatoes. This total is understandable because three out of the four overcoat films (Snatch, Lock Stock, Bank Job) are really good. It also shows that critics enjoy Statham as an everyday bloke whom speaks more than monosyllabic sentences.

Suit/Cardigan/shirt posters = 40% Rotten Tomatoes score. Crank and Transporter buoyed this score because they were solid films that weren’t wrecked by the Statham suit persona.

The Rotten Tomatoes average for Homefront was 42%. The lack of overcoat doesn’t lie.

The reasons to watch this film are many and that is why I ignored my theory. Stallone wrote the script, Statham wears an odd wig and James Franco plays a boat mechanic/meth cook named Gator Bodine. However, much like Stallone’s Bullett to the Head the film is a massive bore with lots of “f” bombs sprinkled in. It is a murky little thing that plays equal parts shlocky and confounding. Homefront pulled off the impossible by making Jason Statham battling James Franco boring.

Here is the plot. Statham moves to a small town because his cover an as undercover biker was blown. Statham’s kid beats up a bully. Kate Bosworth is annoyed that her bully son was hurt. Statham then beats up her husband. Bosworth gets Gator Bodine into the fray. Then, Gator convinces former meth addict Wynonna Ryder to get a motorcycle gang involved. Frank Grillo shows up and tries to kill Statham. Statham kills everybody and beats the snot out of Gator Bodine.

The biggest problem with the film is the script. It was written ten years ago and was meant to be a starring vehicle for Stallone. However, the Rocky and Rambo sequels hit big and it was put on the back burner until Sly gave the script to Statham. Homefront plays like an 80s film that is missing the extreme violence, muscles and gratuitous nudity of its forebearers. It piles on the melodrama and plays like a diet cola revenge film. Instead of going full bonkers it plays everything painfully straight.  The script asks for you to ignore copious coincidences (the coincidences in The Family are much better) and wants you to believe that Franco is a worthy adversary for a guy who beat up 30 people whilst covered in motor oil.


The people wanted Statham spin kicking James Franco into oblivion and they got something else. Homefront could have been a beautiful oddity that gets by on personality and not logic. However, it is so devoid of life it makes you want to watch something else. The casting was inspired but was let down by a sleepwalking cast and drab direction.

Don’t watch Homefront. Check out Redemption on Netflix. Stath actually tries to emote and the whole thing is odd in a good way. Also, if you haven’t watched Snatch, Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels or Bank Job check them out now.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. April 29, 2014 1:28 pm

    Not only do I wish they did more with Gator’s character, but they gave everybody less serious lines to deliver. The whole thing just felt like it needed a huge dosage of Commando or something. Good review.

    • April 29, 2014 1:30 pm

      Some added Commando would have been perfect. Also, add an Aussie bad guy in a mesh tank top haha.

  2. johnleavengood permalink
    April 29, 2014 9:30 pm

    This movie hurt me soul. Even though I was drinking with my friends when I saw it, we STILL didn’t like it. This is a very rare example of a Statham-fail. A Statham-fail is when a director misuses Jason Statham.

    • April 29, 2014 9:31 pm

      Total Statham-fail. Gator fail too.

      • johnleavengood permalink
        April 29, 2014 9:36 pm

        Creepy South swamp-FAIL.

      • April 29, 2014 9:38 pm

        Bosworth drug addict fail. I wanted her to redeem herself and star in Blue Crush 3.

      • johnleavengood permalink
        April 29, 2014 9:43 pm

        Oooof! That could turn into a “Bosworth reformed drug addict getting her act together an resurging as a surf champion-FAIL.”

      • April 29, 2014 10:09 pm

        I need to see that.


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