Bullet to the Head

  • 15
  • Walter Hill (2012)
  • US
  • 87 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Sylvester Stallone and director Walter Hill (The Warriors, The Long Riders) team up for an endearingly retro action film that puts the veteran Hill back behind the camera for the first time since 2002 prison yarn Undisputed. Harking back to the director's 1980s heyday of hit buddy-cop movies like 48 HRS and Red Heat, it sees Stallone's tattooed hitman reluctantly teaming up with a straight-arrow cop (Sung Kang) to face a mutual foe in Jason Momoa's sadistic killer. There's decent chemistry between the leads but effortlessly stealing every scene is Momoa, whose Rock-type blend of brain and brawn turns him in to a terrific boo-hiss baddie. Hill should be applauded, too, for resisting the temptation to have Kang play a stereotypical martial artist. Of course, the plot is familiar and derivative, but some pithy one-liners and bone-crunching fights more than compensate in a film that's surely bound for guilty pleasure status.

Plot Summary

Two hitmen are betrayed by their employer and one of them is killed, leaving the survivor swearing revenge. His search for the assassin leads him to a police detective investigating the murder of his partner, and they join forces when they realise one man is behind both deaths. Action thriller, starring Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang and Christian Slater.

Cast and crew

Cast

James Bonomo, "Jimmy Bobo"
Sylvester Stallone
Taylor Kwon
Sung Kang
Keegan
Jason Momoa
Marcus Baptiste
Christian Slater
Lisa Bonomo
Sarah Shahi
Robert Nkomo Morel
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Louis Blanchard
Jon Seda
Hank Greely
Holt McCallany
Ronnie Earl
Brian Van Holt
Detective Towne
Marcus Lyle Brown

Crew

Director
Walter Hill

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Entertainment One
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, drug abuse.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 1 Feb 2013
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Entertainment One UK
Categories
Drama

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