Title – Bullet to the Head (2012)
Director – Walter Hill (The Warriors)
Cast – Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, Jason Momoa, Christian Slater, Sarah Shahi
Plot – Hitman Jason “Bobo” Bonomo (Stallone) must team up with D.C detective Taylor Kwoon (Kang) when his partner dies after a deal goes sour. This mismatched pair will find themselves head to head with dangerous thug Keegan (Momoa) and also Bobo’s estranged daughter and make-shift doctor Lisa (Shahi).
“Are we gonna fight or are you planning on boring me to death”
Review by Eddie on 29/10/2013
If only they made this movie 20 – 30 years ago, my goodness what an event it would have been. You would have had Stallone then at the top of his dry humour tough guy persona and Walter Hill on a roll with such action gems as The Warriors and 48 Hrs behind him, I can see it now being one of the decade’s biggest and cheesiest action movies racking in millions upon millions of young men’s money. Fast forward to 2013 and what do you have however? A movie that flopped worse than Stallone’s facial skin and a movie that merely presents passable entertainment for a Friday night pizza and movie session. I repeat, if only this movie was made 20 – 30 years ago.
Bullet to the Head adapted from the graphic novel of the same name is a pretty sad attempt to spend a 50 million dollar action budget for what is presented on screen is a film worthy of it’s in many cases direct to DVD release. It looks nasty, it feels cheap and features many an actor who goes from pay check to pay check (here’s looking at you Mr. Slater) who should know better. It’s a tale of revenge and mismatched pairing that is a staple of the action genre since the dawn of the genre and is only saved by complete mediocrity by the old stallion himself.
Stallone as bad boy hitman “Bobo” does enough wisecracking and menacing looks that you actually believe he works out at the gym and doesn’t take steroids and there is some quite decent banter between him and Korean star Kang as out of town cop to present some giggles and show you what could have been if more care had been paid to quality control. Hill also shows just enough old time flare behind the camera to allow some scenes some energy and keeps the pace frolicking along nice and steady almost as if to not allow the audience time to think about just how bad the story line is.
Bullet to the Head may provide nice nostalgic entertainment for those children of the 80’s action hey days but as a modern day movie it just doesn’t cut the mustard. It’s not hard to see why this movie came and disappeared faster than a bullet but it’s also to silly to completely deride. Grab a pizza, grab some mates and sit back for 90 minutes of 80’s-lite action that you’ll forget as soon as the credits have rolled.
2 random autopsy’s out of 5