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Bullet to the Head (2013)


Rocky traded in his gloves, for a junk-load of guns and nobody cared. Poor guy.

After hitman Jimmy “Bobo” (Sylvester Stallone) is set up on a hit on him and his partner gets killed for it by a ruthless mercenary named Keegan (Jason Momoa), he isn’t quite happy so therefore, he sets out to gain revenge on these rat bastards who put a bounty on his head. Seems like a simple job of killing people, getting money, and relaxing with a bottle of whisky at the end of the day, for Bobo, but it all gets a bit screwed up once a detective (Sung Kang) gets in the way and try to get them to work together, and if not, well, then Bobo’s going to jail for all of the bad shite that he’s done in the past. Obviously Bobo would much rather take the job than the price to pay, but it becomes harder and harder for these two to really get along and actually come to terms that one of them has to go to jail for something, along the line.

First, Arnie got his big comeback movie that bombed, and now Sly gets his comeback movie, and it bombed as well. What’s the dealio, folks?!?! Even though the latter’s bomb wasn’t as bad as the former’s, it’s still sad to know that these two guys, despite the action icons that they once were, and still are in a way today, can’t seem to cut a break with the current movie-going audience as people can’t really accept older dudes still kicking ass, shooting guns, and having the coolest things to say, as if they were still in their late-20’s/early 30’s. It doesn’t work on us anymore and it’s a shame too, because these guys will always and forever be in our hearts, even if their names may not be attached to our tickets. Sad, sad, sad. But hey, at least they still have some fun for the most part, right?

Well, I can’t lie, but yeah, they do. The Last Stand was a pretty entertaining movie that knew it was dumb and had a fun time being so, and this movie is sort of the same thing, with obvious differences seen. Actually, probably one of the main differences between the two is that that one was probably a lot better, whereas this one is just something that you watch, have fun with, but are really reminded that you lost your brain for an hour-and-a-half. I mean, yeah; Arnie’s movie wasn’t on top of the IQ level either, but hell, at least it didn’t have me feel like I just smoked a ton of pot by all of the brain cells that I lost.

"Oooh! Close one! Nice job!"

“Oooh! Close one! Nice job!”

That’s exactly what this flick made me feel like when it was over and yeah, maybe that’s the point, but at least more effort and time could have been put into this thing. Then again, the fact that it was pushed-back two years from it’s original release date, and that Walter Hill hasn’t really made a good movie in awhile, I guess I can sort of see why it’s so bad at times. The tone is just all-over-the-place, because it can’t make up it’s mind as to whether or not it wants to be a buddy-cop comedy or a straight-up action thriller, with Sly’s little comments on the side. There are times when the movie seems like it wants to be funny with Sly and Kang, and there are other times where it seems like it wants to be serious and melodramatic with it’s action, guns,  and violence, but it never makes sense of which way it’s going.

It’s almost as if Hill got stuck in the middle of an intersection, had his GPS fizzle out on him, and he just sat there, called  AAA, and continued to wait and wait until someone or something saved him. Stupid analogy, I know, but it’s all that I could come up with, since Hill didn’t seem to come up with anything else here, other than a bunch of scenes of people using a bunch of exposition, going from point-A to point-B, and saying that they are going to kill the other one in a violent, scary way. That’s all there is to it, and when the action actually does come around and liven things up a bit; it doesn’t do it’s job like it should, which is a huge bummer since we know where Hill and Sly come from.

So, why the hell was this such a bummer?!?!

It’s rated-R, it has blood, it has shooting, it has violence, and it even has nudity (thank the high heavens for Sarah Shahi), so why the hell does this flick not capitalize on the fact that it could have been something straight from the 80’s? I honestly have no clue, but with all of the shaky-cam elements and the toning back of being violent and brutal, just for the sake of being so, I can tell that Sly and Hill’s control sort of got lessened-down, month by month, once this movie began to make it’s way to the theaters. It’s a real shame too, because together, you’d think that these guys would have had a total blast working together and would want to show it; but something didn’t feel right here. I guess I just wanted a bit more than I was given. So be it, I’m greedy.

But if there was anybody at all involved with this movie that seemed to be having fun, it was Sly himself as Bobo, a great character for a great action star. Sly may be getting older, but in terms of his acting and his physical-being; it does not show. Yeah, the dude is 66 and you’ll sometimes wonder how a man of his age and his stature can still do half of the shit that Bobo does, but you’ll be willing to forgive and forget about it once Sly takes out the guns (literal and joking sense), starts hammering away at some baddies, and uses some of the best lines I’ve heard him use in quite some time. He makes fun of the fact that he’s getting older and what he used to do back in the day, but it isn’t as jokey as his Expendables movies are.

"See, dad? Because you weren't there for me when I was growing up, I now look like the walls in the Subway."

“See, dad? Because you weren’t there for me when I was growing up, I now look like the side streets of Philly.”

Everybody else compared to Sly, are disappointments. However, not huge ones because you can tell that they were only doing it for the money, and weren’t too concerned with how their careers looked after it was over. You could have gotten rid of Sung Kang in this movie and I would have not noticed a single lick of a difference here whatsoever, except that the movie would have probably sped-up a lot quicker and even been better in most areas, too. It’s not that the dude’s bad, but the script he’s given is such crap, that he doesn’t have much development or emotional connection to this story whatsoever, that you just wish Sly would flip his switch and kill him off. He isn’t as annoying as I may make him sound, but he sure as hell is boring and a waste of time to watch, especially when he’s next to Sly who seems like he’s just having a grand time being himself, and nothing else.

Consensus: There is plenty of dumb, silly, and nonsensical violence and action to be found in Bullet to the Head that will still make you feel as if you are watching an old-school movie, starring a very old-school Stallone, but everything else around him goes terribly, terribly wrong in their own ways that it brings him, as well as the movie, down to near-boredom.

5 / 10 = Rental!!

"You're so old that nobody goes to see your movies unless you have all of your other OLD friends with you. Okay, should I leave now?"

“You’re so old that nobody goes to see your movies unless you have all of your other OLD friends with you. Okay, should I leave now?”

Photo’s Credit to: IMDBColliderJobloComingSoon.net

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24 responses to “Bullet to the Head (2013)

  1. lukebbtt October 15, 2013 at 4:13 am

    Philly must be rough. Someone has drawn over Sarah Shahi’s arms!!!

    Great review, Dan. Sung Kang is as bad as you make him out to be (or at least his script is). I think Momoa deserves a shout-out too. He was one of the things that made this movie at least watchable.

    • CMrok93 October 15, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      He was good. I had a whole paragraph dedicated to him and the rest of the cast, but it was really nothing worth talking about. So I got rid of it. See I may have made a mistake!

  2. Alexwolffman October 15, 2013 at 4:26 am

    The title to this film explains what went wrong to it.

  3. drakulus23 October 15, 2013 at 4:41 am

    I like Sylvester Stallone. Get Carter, Expendables, obviously Rocky, and Rambo are great movies. I’ll watch this and judge for myself on rather or not I like it. Great review :]

  4. Tom October 15, 2013 at 4:49 am

    Good review dude, but i’m surprised you gave this even a 5 lol. I was so frustrated by this one it wasn’t even a laughing matter. You’re right on about Sly seeming to be more effective and more fun-having when he was on his own in this movie, then once the Asian gets involved everything is hokey as all hell. So it stands: Schwarzeneggar makes a shit movie to announce his return, and Sylvester Stallone makes a crapshoot for a has-been outing. Which one did worse? Who knows. All I can say is that I hope Grudge Match is a bit better (for Stallone, anyway). I’ve kind of given up on DeNiro

  5. rgagne October 15, 2013 at 5:22 am

    I remember watching this earlier in the year, it was seriously just one of those “might as well go see it” thankfully there was a lot of violence cause this movie sucked. I agree with Tom, five stars is being nice. I think I gave it a three.

  6. keith7198 October 15, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Yep, this thing looked pretty terrible from the start. You definitely confirmed its mediocrity.

  7. Jean ONeill October 15, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Danny, I just got this from Philly Weekly: http://filmadelphia.org/festival/

    Do you know about this? You should go look at this website if you haven’t already. There is a tab for MEDIA, also, under that tab, INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES. That’s a sure way to get into lots of stuff for free.

    Jean O

  8. will October 16, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Arnie got a much better comeback in The Last Stand, but I can’t hate on Stallone too much. BttH was a fun one-and-done viewing experience.

  9. Evan Crean October 16, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Sad that you didn’t like this one nearly as much as I did Dan. I had a blast with bullet to the Head. It has fun music and does a great job capturing the mood of New Orleans. Plus it has one-liners like woah. There are some hilarious ones like “You had me at f*** you.” I admit that the villain is pretty weak and that it struggles tonally at times, but I could look past those shortcomings. Sung Kang’a character is probably the worst part for me. He’s annoying as heck and stupidly loyal to procedure.

  10. The Hot Rod October 18, 2013 at 1:51 am

    How in the hell does Sung Kang still have a Hollywood career? Seriously, dude can’t act.

    Got this one on a very long list of one’s to watch. I’ll get to it eventually, i think.

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  12. sohansurag October 25, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I enjoyed it a bit when I’d seen it But come to think of it now, it was as you’d say “Crapola”

    http://whatithot.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/bullet-to-the-head-what-i-thought/

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