First Hit: Average Statham thriller where he takes on all comers and wins.
Phil Broker (Jason Statham) is a former DEA agent who is taken on an anonymous life with his daughter in a Louisiana small town.
Being outsiders their behavior is scrutinized and when his daughter Maddy (Izabela Vidovic) punches out a classmate, the kids parents decide to make Broker’s life hell for this indiscretion mayhem ensues. Mayhem is headed by the town Meth cooker Morgan “Gator” Bodine (James Franco). He discovers Broker’s past and gets one of Broker’s convicted prisoners to send people to kill Broker. Assisting Gator is Sheryl Mott (Winona Ryder).
Statham is always solid and here he shows up as usual. It will never win an Oscar doing action films, but he’s very solid. Vidovic is great as the 10 year old daughter. One scene when she is lamenting about her recently past mother is great. Franco is pretty good as a “not all at home” meth cooker. Ryder is either a pretty good actress showing the perfect nervousness as a tweaker, or she just showed up showing her past struggles and put them on the screen – she didn’t look very good. Sylvester Stallone and Chuck Logan wrote the screenplay which was solid. Gary Fielder directed this well-paced action thriller.
Overall: Solid action film.