This year marked the feature film return of Arnold Schwarzenegger, one of the iconic action stars of the 80s. Arnold’s main competition in those days was Sylvester Stallone who unlike Arnold has been steadily cranking the films out since that heyday, revisiting his classic characters and even starting a successful new franchise with his Expendables films. But like Arnold’s return this year with The Last Stand, Stallone’s new film, Bullet to the Head, also bombed at the box office. And also like The Last Stand, it didn’t deserve to.
Jimmy Bobo (Stallone) and his partner Louis (Jon Seda) are New Orleans hitmen. When they are double crossed by their employer and Louis is killed, Bobo unwittingly teams up with a Washington D.C. detective, Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang), who is looking into the murder of a fellow detective, to find the people responsible and to find Keegan (Jason Momoa), the ruthless assassin who killed Louis.
Bullet to the Head is directed by veteran director Walter Hill, who is responsible for such genre classics as The Warriors, 48 Hrs. Red Heat, Southern Comfort and Johnny Handsome. Hill has a very unique signature style and even though it has been over 10 years since his last feature, that style is still present and still trademark Hill. Stallone is really having fun here playing the tough guy hitman, and throws in some extra rated R language just for laughs, and it works well. Teamed up with Sung Kang, who played Han in the last few Fast and Furious films, they two have an easy and casual rapport and play well off each other. Jason Momoa also proves himself a worthy adversary for Stallone and fills the character of Keegan with scowl and menace, not to mention a pretty cool axe fight with Sly near the end of the film. Don’t get me wrong, Bullet to the Head isn’t winning any awards, but it has some trademark Walter Hill style, fun dialogue and situations and some kick ass action. Which is all I ever want from a Stallone picture in the first place.
The Blu-ray from eOne is stellar. Although the movie is full of earthy tones and dark alleys, the picture is clean and clear with nice definition throughout. The soundtrack is nice and active as well. Bullet to the Head is the film this month that you will pick up for that Friday night after a long week of work and you just want to turn off your brain and have some fun watching good ole Sly Stallone beat up some people. In that regard, Bullet to the Head hits the mark.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.