Modern action movies: “Bullet to the Head”

Does growing old mean kicking any less butt? Sly Stallone doesn’t think so and shows it in Walter Hill’s action flick Bullet to the Head.

Bullet to the Head
(USA 2012, director: Walter Hill)

bullettothehead_cover

Hitman Jimmy Bobo and Washington D.C. police officer Taylor Kwon join forces to bring down a corrupt and violent politician.

bullettothehead_1

So what does one expect from a Sly Stallone movie? Hand-to-hand combat and shooting of course. There’s plenty of that, some of it quite violent (which makes the 16+ age restriction of Germany quite questionable). It’s more bullet through the head or head through the wall than actual adrenaline-filled suspense. Even if there is a plot, in addition to the characters it’s nothing new and takes a backseat to the action on screen.

bullettothehead_2

There are a few tries at establishing a kind of buddy movie, but this doesn’t really work with more stereotypical jokes and one-liners. Those of Stallone are quite funny, delivered with the blank expression one is used to, while Kang’s performance is lacking some punch. However, juxtaposing the two extremes of going by police rules or living by one’s own rules makes for some surprisingly brutal scenes and a good ending.

bullettothehead_3

Jason Momoa has also to be given some credit. Known for his lead role of the new Conan, he’s quite a tough enemy for Sly, and their final axe fight is memorable enough to stand out from the rather standard shootouts, although there aren’t as many as the german title Shootout wants you to believe, sprawling this inappropriate name on the wall right from the start even if one chose the English version. And while we’re at it, the German cover looks also quite lame in comparison to the UK and US versions.

bullettothehead_4

The movie is entertaining enough in the action sequences, but forgettable in its characters or plot. It’s still a recommendable flick if one doesn’t expect too much than simply 90 minutes of in-your-face fist fights.

Score: 7/10

imdb

Buy the BD on
Amazon Germany
Amazon UK
Amazon USA
Buy the DVD on
Amazon Germany
Amazon UK
Amazon USA

Official Constantin Film Website
Official Entertainment One Website
Official Warner Bros. Website

If you liked reading this article, make sure you pay a visit to Future Sack which kindly features it as well, and every LIKE or comment is appreciated on EMR’s Facebook page or FS’s Facebook page :). Or FOLLOW the blog on EMR’s Twitter page. Using one of the Amazon links and buying the product also helps ;).

Advertisements

About nufafitc

Being an avid gamer, cinemaniac, and bookworm in addition to other things the internet and new media present, I'm also very much into DIY music, rock and pop in particular. Writing short or longer pieces about anything that interests me has always made me happy. As both an editor for German website "Adventure-Treff" and UK website "Future Sack", I like to write reviews and news about recent developments in the movies, games and book industry.
This entry was posted in Movie reviews, Movies and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Modern action movies: “Bullet to the Head”

  1. Pingback: Blogging 2015 overview | Emotional Multimedia Ride

  2. Pingback: Movie articles in 2015 overview | Emotional Multimedia Ride

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s