Homefront

“Homefront” (2013) is a action thriller that was directed by Gary Fleder and produced by Sylvester Stallone, which stars Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, and Kate Bosworth. All very well knowen for movies they are in of various genres like Jason Statham in actions flims like “Transporter”, James Franco with comedy in “Pineapple Express”, Winona Ryder with “Mr. Deeds”, and Kate Bosworth from the girl surfing movie “Blue Crush”. It is neat to see such a diverse cast put together to what I thought was a great movie. Everyone had their own take on the movie but it was actually based on the novel titled “Homefront” by Chuck Logan. I had never really heard of Chuck Logan so I looked him up and found out he is a Vietnam War veteran who is known for his series of novels which involve the same character ex-police officer and ex-solider named Phil Broker who Jason Statham plays in the movie and James Franco as Gator the bad guy.

I watched the movie and thought it was a strong cast and great plot that stemmed all from the simple conflict between two children in a school yard that leads to kidnapping, meth, DEA, guns, deaths and much more. Broker is trying to live a normal life and stay left alone in what seemed to be New Orleans and raise his daughter after the loss of his wife the year before. Well as usual in every Statham movie he is know for his fighting skills is what escalates this whole movie after his daughter is bullied on the playground and thanks to her dad (Statham) she knows a few tricks and takes down the bully. The bully’s mom (Kate Bosworth) confronts Broker about his daughter and then the bully’s dad steps where Broker takes him down so quick and embarrasses him in front of his whole family and others at the school picking up their kids from school.

I don’t want to give up more of the movie but you can only imagine where this leads from here involving a underground off the radar meth ring. The movie is packed with action and keeps you guessing ! It can be seen OnDemand and at a RedBox near you ! Thanks again ! — J.T.

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Runner Runner

“Runner Runner” (2013) crime action thriller was directed by Brad Furman who is well known for his 2011 movie he directed “Lincoln Lawyer”. Funny enough Leonardo DiCaprio was one of the producers of this film which starred, Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck, Gemma Arterton and Anthony Mackie. It was released in the US about a month after being released overseas and countries world wide. The movie is partly based on the life of Nat Arem who is a pro poker player and ex accountant who helped uncover rigged and cheating in online poker games by using statistical math as a means to solve and analyze thousands of games, with Hollywoods creativity at work too to add it’s own touch to the story.

Justin Timberlake plays “Richie Furst” who used to be well off from Wall Street which denied him to receive tuition assistance at Princeton. So in order to pay for his masters degree he refers other students to online gambling sites and he gets a cut of everyone who he refers. The dean soon becomes aware of these actions and tells him he will be expelled if he continues. So he puts it all on the line in a game on online poker and loses every dollar to his name. However using statistics he proves the system is rigged and his money was stolen from him by cheaters.

Timberlake takes matters into his own hands and travels to meet with Ivan Block ( played by Ben Affleck) in Costa Rica who runs this online gambling empire. He confronts Ivan which went actually ok and Ivan finds men have coded games to be cheated and fires him. Leaving Ivan to ask Richie if he wants to make millions and work for him and help him improve the site……
This leads Richie into a world of trouble, but was it all worth it ?? You decide and watch “Runner Runner” on OnDemand or RedBox near you ! Thanks for reading ! — J.T.