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Falling short on the ‘Homefront’

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There’s a lot of talk in the Louisiana-set Jason Statham vehicle “Homefront” about old-fashioned country feuds and how downright nasty they can get. That’s as sturdy an action tease as the prospect of seeing the entertainingly one-note Statham tossed together with chronically versatile James Franco -- in a movie scripted by Sylvester Stallone, no less. (Statham’s “Expendables” sarge has adapted a book by crime novelist Chuck Logan.) So why do they self-defeatingly try fancying up their recipe after a while, rather than just sticking with the meat-and-potatoes stuff?

Statham plays Phil Broker, a former DEA agent who’s swapped the hardcore world of New Orleans drug busts for a quieter existence with his young daughter (Izabela Vidovic) out in the sticks.

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