BULLET TO THE HEAD
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang,
Jason Momoa, Christian Slater,
Sarah Shahi, Jon Seda
Audience: Older teenagers to adults
Runtime: 95 minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros./Time Warner
Director: Walter Hill
Executive Producer: Stuart Ford, Brian
Kavanaugh-Jones, Deepak Nayar,
Steve Squillante, Joel Silver,
Courtney Solomon, Allan Zeman,
Steve Richards, Stuart Besser
Producer: Alexandra Milchan, Alfred
Gough, Miles Millar, Kevin
Writer: Alessandro Camon
Address Comments To:Jeffrey L. Bewkes, CEO, Time Warner
Barry M. Meyer, Chairman/CEO, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (New Line Cinema)
Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group
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Burbank, CA 91522-0001
Phone: (818) 954-6000
Stallone plays career New Orleans hit man James Bonomo, aka Bobo. Bobo and his partner get hired to kill a corrupt cop. They then get double-crossed by their employer, as other thugs and corrupt cops kill Bobo’s partner and try to kill him as well.
So, Bobo teams up with a cop from Washington D.C. named Taylor Kwon (played by Sung Kang), whose own partner was killed by the same thugs. Taylor and Bobo try to figure out why all the killing is happening. Eventually, they learn it’s tied to a corrupt real estate deal. From there, they kill and kill and kill some more until all the bad guys are dead. However, when Taylor tries to take Bobo in for his misdeeds, Bobo scoffs at the lawman and makes an escape.
BULLET TO THE HEAD is exactly what viewers might expect from Stallone as he tries to regain his career momentum and score with an action thriller that’s not tied to the extravagance of a major franchise like the ROCKY, RAMBO, or the EXPENDABLES movies. Its dialogue has some funny lines, but they’re often cruel wisecracks tossed out in conjunction with brutal murders. So, they further devalue human life and make the movie’s constant, brutal violence seem even more callous. Stallone’s hitman character, Bobo, isn’t really heroic. He’s just trying to stay alive and get money that the double-crossing employer promised him. [SPOILER] Also, when Taylor tries to force Bobo to be held accountable for his own wrongdoings, Bobo wounds him with a gunshot to the shoulder and walks away in freedom. Even so, Taylor promises Bobo he’ll take him down some day. Of course, this sets viewers up for a possible sequel.
In the wake of violent real-life incidents like the Newtown massacre, BULLET TO THE HEAD seems more out of date than it might have otherwise. Even its title seems more offensive under current conditions than it perhaps would be in the past. Its central criminal plot is utterly generic. So are the thugs the protagonist faces. Also, the musical score is grating and repetitive. Finally, the protagonist believes the ends justify the means. So, the movie contains a lot of criminal activity and killing with little or no sense of justice. The violence is also very strong, and there’s almost constant foul language.
All in all, BULLET TO THE HEAD may deliver some action thrills that adult action fans might enjoy, but it’s absolutely not for children or teenagers and will likely disappoint any adult media-wise moviegoer seeking a shred of originality or strong moral uplift.
BULLET TO THE HEAD has some funny dialogue, but it’s often cruel wisecracks tossed out in conjunction with brutal murders. So, they make the movie’s constant, brutal violence seem even more callous. Also, the central criminal plot is utterly generic, and the musical score is grating and repetitive. Finally, the protagonist believes the ends justify the means. So, there’s no real sense of justice. Finally, there’s almost constant foul language. BULLET TO THE HEAD is not acceptable viewing.