Homefront is a 2013 American action thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and released nationwide in theaters on November 27. Based on Chuck Logan's novel of the same name and adapted into a screenplay by Sylvester Stallone, the film stars Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, and Kate Bosworth. Filming began on October 1, 2012 in New Orleans.
Two years after the raids of a gang's meth lab where his cover was broken, former DEA Agent Phil Broker (Jason Statham) and his daughter Maddy (Izabela Vidovic) have moved to a small Louisiana town where Maddy's deceased mother grew up. Maddy gets into a schoolyard fight with a bully named Teddy Klum; when Broker comes to the school, Teddy's hostile father, Jimmy (Marcus Hester), picks a fight with him and loses. Cassie Klum (Kate Bosworth) later asks her brother, a drug dealer named Gator Bodine (James Franco), to scare Broker.
Broker fights off a few of Gator's thugs at a gas station when they threaten him. While he and Maddy later go horseback riding, Gator breaks into their house. He deduces from old personnel files that Broker was the undercover cop responsible for the arrest of Danny T (Chuck Zito) in the raid two years earlier. Hoping to get a wider distribution for the drugs he manufactures, Gator tips off Danny T, who sends members of his gang to kill Broker.
Broker finds Gator's meth lab and sabotages it. He is captured and tortured by the same thugs he fought off earlier, but manages to fight them off and escape. As he and Maddy are preparing to leave, the gang members arrive. In the scuffle, Broker manages to kill most of the gang members and Maddy is kidnapped, but not before she calls the police. She uses her cell phone to call her dad and, from her descriptions, Broker realizes that she has been taken to Gator's meth lab.
Cassie arrives at Gator's warehouse with news of the gunfight. When she discovers Maddy there, she accidentally sets off the booby trap that Broker has set up. The lab and much of the warehouse explode, and Gator watches his business go up in flames. A scuffle ensues and Gator shoots Cassie before fleeing with Maddy in his truck. Broker chases him in a police cruiser until they find themselves stuck on a bridge closed off by the sheriff. Broker beats up Gator badly, stopping short of shooting him in front of the police when he notices his daughter watching.
Gator is arrested and Broker later visits Danny T in prison, letting him know that he will be around when Danny T is eventually released.
- Jason Statham as Phil Broker
- James Franco as Morgan "Gator" Bodine
- Winona Ryder as Sheryl Marie Mott
- Kate Bosworth as Cassie Bodine Klum
- Chuck Zito as Danny "T" Turrie
- Frank Grillo as Cyrus Hanks
- Rachelle Lefevre as Susan Hetch
- Clancy Brown as Sheriff Keith Rodrigue
- Christa Campbell as Lydia
- Stuart Greer as Lewis
- Omar Benson Miller as Teedo
- Izabela Vidovic as Maddy Broker
- Pruitt Taylor Vince as Werks
Homefront has received mixed to negative reviews from critics, and the performances of Bosworth, Franco, and Statham were highlighted. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 42% rating, with an average score of 4.8/10, based on 103 reviews. The site's consensus states: "While it boasts a capable cast, the disappointingly dull Homefront hearkens back to classic action thrillers without adding anything to the genre." On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating based on reviews from mainstream critics, the film has a score of 39 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
Homefront grossed $6.9 million in its opening weekend, finishing in 5th place. It finished its theatrical run with a total gross of $43 million, against its $22 million budget.