Just so you know, I’m viewing these films in no particular order other than what takes my fancy at the time. That being said, the films that garner sequels will be viewed one after the other. Hopefully that will give us a sense of where The Stath’s character is going throughout the narrative journey – that is, of course, if there such a thing, rather than assuming the decision to make a sequel was based purely on how well the preceding film did at the box office and with Blu-ray/ DVD sales (I say this with tongue firmly placed in cheek!).
So, on to an offering from 2013 – Homefront. When I saw the trailer for this film my interest was piqued with the appearance of James Franco. Here’s an actor with some gravitas – certainly more well know and with a perceived better box office draw than The Stath – who is happy to play second fiddle to (currently) “the world’s greatest (mainly straight to DVD/Blu-ray) action hero“. Interesting. I’m not going to attempt to analyse any kind of formula when it comes to a Jason Statham film; suffice to say it does what it says on the tin – and I think I’ll be using that phrase a lot over the next few weeks and months. We’re certainly not disappointed. Save for some extremely dodgy looking hairpiece in the opening sequence, there’s gun-play and violence aplenty throughout it’s 100 minute run time. There is a sense of justifiable violence to The Stath’s encounters with his many foe and occasions where you definitely want to shout “YEAH!” at the screen as he “justifiably” mashes another man’s face and/or body – “They had it comin’ to ’em!” “Go get ’em Jase!” An unadulterated feeling of righteousness is unleashed every time we see our eponymous hero give back more than he got as these feckless fools try to intimidate him. And so it goes on, a series of escalating encounters all brought about because the school playground bully got what was coming to him.
Recollecting The Stath’s films I have already seen, working under my current preconception of what to expect and having now viewed Homefront, I have to say you pretty much know what you’re going to get with The Stath. And that’s not a bad thing. My slight concern with this particular film is a personal bug-bear. I really don’t like to see swearing in front of children and there’s plenty of that going on. It’s disappointing but there you go. Such is modern society. Apart from that, The Stath yet again delivers and more power to him for that! Also, any film with Clancy Brown in it is OK by me.
While we’re on the subject, here’s a bonus poster for all you Stath fans. Released yesterday, it’s really an announcement poster for the 2016 sequel to the 2011 remake of the Charles Bronson 1972 original. I know, it’s a bit convoluted but it had to be said. (Un) surprisingly, I haven’t yet seen The Mechanic, but with this announcement I’ll probably watch that one next. And isn’t that exactly what the film’s producers want to hear from any fan? “We don’t really need to know that a Jason Statham sequel is coming out in around 18 months time, but a little peak in sales of the first one will do no harm.”
And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a new poster for Wild Card, another remake with The Stath at the helm – that’s acting helm not directing helm. Interestingly, they’re even using the same William Goldman (yes THAT William Goldman) script this time – so either it’s set in the same time period as the original or there’s been a bit of a polish to bring it into the 21st Century. Judging from the trailer, I’m going for the former. Either way, saves on script developement fees.
I hope you enjoyed all things Statham and thank you for reading 🙂