The Post Christmas season is usually full of ineffectual movies that get shuffled to this spot cause they won't be hits or garner emmy praise. So far, I have already seen 3 movies that going in I knew wouldn't be special but had some fun seeing. Bullet to the Head was sure to be the most fun, with a trashy, grindhousy look, an unaffected hero who looked carefree, and a throwaway plot. Bullet to the Head really needed to cut loose more and have it's throwaway plot not suck in the process.
Bullet to the Head stars Sylvester Stallone as Jimmy Bobo, a career hitman whoes always in trouble with the cops and doesn't trust them as far as he could throw one. One night his partner and him get assigned to kill a rogue cop and when they await payment, the partner dies and Jimmy is left with no leads to get his payment or revenge. Enter Kwon, a newbie cop investigating the crimes and ends up partnering with Jimmy. Kwon wants to bring the culprits to justice, but Jimmy will only play along and his only plans for justice involve the eponymous title.
This is arguabbly the worst of Walter Hill's pairings of mismatched crimefighters. It started in 48 Hrs, we have a crusty white cop and a smooth black criminal chasing killers, in Red Heat we had a humorless Soviet Cop and a slovenly American Cop chasing drug dealers, and here we have newbie cop and hardened criminal chasing killers and the formula is the worst here. Stallone's character one ups Kwon in every scene, Kwon is given almost no room to shine and is painfully naive and just waits for Stallone's Bobo to outdo him in everyway.
This duo can barely even work together. When it comes to interrogating the evil that is Christian Slater, Bobo is barely holding himself together. Kwon can't help but brag about his fancy cellphone (a BLACKBERRY no less) and how it's his best weapon and Bobo can flick a knife in his face without missing a beat. Kwon also can't put his badge away for TWO seconds or even do something sensible like let Bobo know when he's tampered with something important. A great idea for a re-write that would have solved a LOT of these problems, would have been to have Kwon be a new hitman for hire under Bobo's wing since even though he's a cop-many of the cops in the movie are on the pay of the lead villian anyway.
Finally the plot which involves hitmen, cops and evidance against an African billionaire who wants to buy up slums for a real estate scam is needlessly complex and having a MacGuffin being a simple flash drive being returned. Nevermind that anything pulled off the drive could have already been copied or that the villians have no back up at all of they're important information. Last and certainly least, we get an epilogue that might as well have been left out.
Whats good? Stallone is fun to watch as always and the lead heavy is played by Jason Momoa is great too, a throwback to the unfeeling pure hitman types and his employer Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje oozes ham and class at the same time. I would also be remiss if I didn't mention Sarah Shahi as a sexy tattoo artist/back alley surgeon. I suppose another plus is that the movie isn't boring.
Bullet to the Head in the end needs a rewrite. Too much gets put on Stallone-and while not a bad thing he has a character that makes it hard for him to be completely likable or relateable. Kwon is innefectual in almost every scene and the plot needs to be cut down for the kind of movie this was trying to be. A violent revenge trash movie like this doesn't need to be weighed down by junk and this one has too much in it's trunk. Like one body too many.
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