The 2013 Jason Statham movie Homefront was one of his best, not just because it had Statham breaking necks but also because the characters were surprisingly well developed. In case you haven’t seen it the story is as follows:
HOMEFRONT stars Jason Statham as former drug enforcement agent, Phil Broker, a family man who moves off the grid with his daughter, to a seemingly quiet bayou backwater to escape his troubled past. However, Broker’s world soon becomes anything but quiet once he discovers that an underbelly of drugs and violence riddles the small town. Soon, a sociopathic methamphetamine kingpin, Gator Bodine (James Franco) puts Broker and his daughter in harm’s way forcing Broker back into action in order to save his family and the town.
The relationship between Phil Broker (Statham) and his daughter Maddy felt very believable and Izabela Vidovic made Maddy one of the few non-annoying children in a film. There’s a particularly nice scene with the two of them sitting by the water talking about Maddy’s late mother,which is not only shot beautifully but has real heart which you wouldn’t expect in a movie like this.
When I spoke to director Gary Fleder about this scene and how important it was to make the environment turn so threatening at night he said “It’s this beautiful very delicate scene; now this is the exact same area where at the end of the movie the bad guys arrive to dispose of Phil Broker. At night it just looks really ominous. There’s also that polarity with the same location where the day-time and night-times have very different personalities.”
This is why Fleder should come back for a sequel because this is a man who totally understands his craft.
It’s hard to believe it was written by Sylvester Stallone considering how awful the dialogue is in The Expendables movies, but Homefront managed to be nail-bitingly tense with really memorable characters and a brilliantly nuts villain in Gator Bodine (James Franco).
By the end of the first film Gator has been beaten to a bloody pulp and locked up, however that isn’t the end of the story. Biker Boss Danny T played by Chuck Zito is still very much alive and after Broker going to visit him in prison essentially just to bust his balls, he isn’t going to be best pleased.
The fact that Broker is responsible for the death of his son isn’t something Danny is just going to forget about either so there is certainly an opening for a follow-up.
Both Statham and Zito have stated their interest in a sequel too, according to JStatham.com who posted the following last year:
Sadly Homefront wasn’t a big hit at the box office with only $43,058,898 internationally, however considering the budget was only $22 million then it could be doable. The Mechanic wasn’t exactly box office gold either but it’s getting a sequel so dammit all I want to see Broker back kicking ass again.
So would you watch a Homefront sequel? I sure as Hell would!