What are your expectations from the new crime drama/action movie “Bullet to the Head” starring Sylvester Stallone? The answer to this question will determine whether or not you will enjoy the movie. Are you expecting a plot never before explored within the genre along with unique characters that wind up in extravagant action sequences you never imagined possible? Or are you anticipating a plot you are very well accustomed to with characters you have seen time and time again, yet you welcome these characters like old friends who provide you with some mindless bloody fun at the cinema? If you are hoping for the former then save your money, but if you desire the latter then you have some plans to make for this weekend.
Stallone plays James Bonomo, a New Orleans hitman whose partner is killed after they’ve been setup on their most recent hit. Sung Kang is a detective from Washington D.C. who is in the city looking for the same man who set up Bonomo. The two men team up to take down their common enemy.
“Bullet to the Head” was directed by Walter Hill who is no stranger to this genre. He was especially active in the 1980s. In fact, this movie is really a throw back to the crime drama/action movies of that era. The violence is rather gratuitous, the musical score is mainly an electric guitar grinding out a tune, an unlikely pair of protagonists must pair up and the supporting characters are a familiar group of stereotypes.
You have seen these bad guys so many times that they were made fun of in the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, “The Last Action Hero”. You have your foreign language speaking head bad guy (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ), his slimy scumbag lawyer (Christian Slater) and the big, tough henchman whom our hero must defeat in the end (Jason Momoa). Many of the actors play their roles over the top. If Sylvester Stallone is not shooting someone, then he’s sneering at them.
The one who looks out of place in this movie is Sung Kang. He does well in the ”Fast and Furious” movies, but he is miscast here. He possesses no charisma at all while he is on screen and the fact that his character is written as, perhaps, one of the dumbest cops to ever walk the streets doesn’t help matters either.
“Bullet to the Head” will have you rolling your eyes at time. Bonomo narrates some of the movie and the first thing you hear him say is, “This is the way it went down.” Picture those words in Stallone’s voice and you’ll get the picture. Keep in mind; however, if you are seeing this movie you are not going for the art, you are going to watch a lot of people get shot, blood splattering, plenty of curse words and a few naked girls thrown in too. Always remember that and you should have a good time. It is rated R for everything that was previously mentioned.