Minute Man Reviews – Homefront, Escape Plan, Ninja 2
Homefront is an action film I had my eye on for a while. It’s written by Sly, and stars Statham & Franco. Statham is one of the best action stars today, and Franco is fantastic in everything, so how could you lose? The story is about a former DEA agent who was undercover in a biker-gang. The son of the President of the club is killed by cops, and he blames Statham. So, a few years later, Statham and his daughter have relocated to the swamps in order to start over. However, because he’s a bad-ass, he ends up kicking the shit out of a ton of people and crosses paths with the towns biggest meth kingpin, Franco. The film isn’t as great as I was hoping, but it’s still damn good. You get a handful of fight scenes, which are done with perfect, some great shoot-outs, and Franco being a creepy bad-ass. It’s worth seeing, no doubt, but I’d just wait until it’s on DVD.
***3/4 Head-Butts out of 5
Arnold & Stallone? Yeah, needless to say I was looking forward to this one like a motherfucker. Unfortunately it just didn’t deliver. I wanted a lot more action, the plot twists were very obvious, the one-liners didn’t feel genuine, and for the team-up I’d been waiting 20+ years for, I just felt let down. I don’t want to see these guys plotting & scheming, I want to see them kicking ass, blasting guns, crashing cars, spitting one-liners, and arm-wrestling in the air. I think I’ll get that in Sabotage.
*** Head-Butts Out of 5
OH SHIT. Now we’re talking. Ninja: Shadow of a Tear is a sequel to the 2009 film, Ninja, staring Scott Adkins, who you’ll know as the bad-ass Russian from Expendables 2. This film is about him being super-pissed because his wife is killed. So, 10 seconds into the film and you’re pissed that his wife is still alive, because you want vengeance action. Thankfully, he’s attacked while shopping so he gets to kick ass then. Once the wife dies, man. It’s literally non-stop action from that point. There’s a balls-to-the-fucking-wall fight scene about every 10 minutes. We get ninja swords, shuriken, poisons, be-heading, explosions, kicking through tables, triple-kicks in mid-air, and countless other bad-ass scenes. This is one damn good action movie that any fan of the genre needs to see. Hollywood needs to take notice and start delivering on this level. Be careful though, if you don’t have at least one piece of furniture made out of beef jerky then you may not be able to handle this film, and will probably cry breast milk.
****1/4 Head-Butts out of 5