Homefront (15) ***

Jason Stratham and  Izabela Vidovic face small-town thugs in Homefront.
Jason Stratham and Izabela Vidovic face small-town thugs in Homefront.
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Sylvester Stallone remains firmly behind the camera as screenwriter of this serpentine thriller based on the novel of the same name by Chuck Logan.

He hands over leading man duties to his Expendables co-star Jason Statham and the London-born action man reciprocates with a typically muscular, brooding performance that requires him to single-handedly take down an army of gun-toting adversaries while protecting a little girl from harm.

He somersaults, punches and sprints through the set-pieces with aplomb, and growls dialogue to move the plot along from one well sign-posted twist to the next.

Co-stars James Franco and Winona Ryder are poorly served by their flimsy roles but Kate Bosworth certainly makes an impact as a trailer trash mom, who believes that family honour should be upheld by taking down your opponents.

‘It’s old school in the feuding sense around here,’ one of the residents summarises.

Indeed, much of this film feels old-fashioned and slightly out-dated, like a project that has been sitting on a shelf for 20 years.