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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.
(PaPaPa, Ho, B, LLL, VVV, S, NN, AA, DD, MM) Very strong pagan worldview with characters killing one another and committing crimes, with little real sense of justice, plus brief homosexual reference when two topless female dancers are seen dancing suggestively together, though the hitman protagonist teams up with a policeman to stop an evil criminal conspiracy; at least 150 profanities and obscenities including dozens of “f” words; very strong, somewhat graphic violence includes numerous shootings, particularly graphic gunshots to the head that explode skulls and result in splattered blood, plenty of other body parts get shot as well, numerous fistfights feature brutal beatings, punching and kicking, two men battle one another with large firefighting axes with a chopped foot, man stabbed in neck with a sharp piece of wood, and lots of destruction to property, plus man gets run over by the hitman protagonist’s car, many other vehicles and a couple of buildings are exploded by bombs set by the protagonist, and the violence is often accompanied by sarcastic jokes that make the murders and killing seem even more callous; no sex scenes per se, but a bad guy says he’s about to get involved with a prostitute, who’s seen standing naked in a shower, and there are two nude club scenes with suggestive topless dancing; upper and rear female nudity includes topless female dancers, with a couple females dancing suggestively together; numerous drinking scenes, as the hitman protagonist carries his own special scotch brand everywhere, and one drunken brawl; no smoking but a bad guy is seen preparing and snorting cocaine and greatly enjoying it; and, strong miscellaneous immorality includes showing numerous cops as corrupt, people constantly betray and backstab each other, the central plot involves an attempt to defraud real estate by buying land that should house the poor and unfairly using it as a project for the rich, moral relativism, and hitman protagonist evades policeman’s threat of taking him in by shooting cop in shoulder.
BULLET TO THE HEAD stars Sylvester Stallone in a standard action thriller about a hitman who teams up with a cop to bring down a ring of criminals engaged in a fraudulent land deal. BULLET TO THE HEAD has a strong pagan worldview where its ostensible hitman hero believes that any means justify his end goals.
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.