Our 16-year-old film blogger Jack Bool reviews Bullet to the Head
09:08 06 February 2013
Last week action fans across the country were treated to the first Arnold Schwarzenegger movie in ten years, and whilst Sly hasn’t been away that long, like Arnie he has definitely still got it.
Bullet to the Head directed by Walter Hill, stars Sylvester Stallone as a New Orleans hit man and Sung Kang as a Washington D.C. detective who after seeing their respective partners die, form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy.
Now I love Sylvester Stallone. Like Arnie I’ve always watched his films throughout my entire life, so I am incredibly nostalgic towards the majority of his work (particularly the Rocky and Rambo franchises) and whenever I see his name attached to a project I am immediately interested. The thing that got me excited about Bullet to the Head was the fact that it was solely Stallone and although Sung Kang rides around with him for the duration of the film it’s certainly not a problem as the two have a fantastic chemistry on set.
It’s safe to say if you love action movies or Stallone for that matter, you will definitely have a good time watching this. Of course it would be ridiculous to expect the next Citizen Kane, but Bullet to the Head is fun and if you’re looking for a good time, I imagine you will have a ball watching this.
The film is very eighties and whilst the performances aren’t anything to rave about, you know what you’re getting from Sylvester Stallone. In fact I would go as far as saying the character of James Bonomo which Stallone portrays in this movie, is definitely one of his best characters in a very long time. Sung Kang is very good in the supporting role and as I previously stated him and Stallone make a likeable duo, which essentially results in a buddy cop movie, full of brilliant humour and fun one-liners.
Christian Slater stars in the film for a minimal amount of time and one actor who really surprised me with his performance was Jason Momoa. Of course we all know everyone likes a good villain and Momoa does a really good job of delivering on this promise.
The film is full of fantastic set-pieces and whilst you could argue that the film is slightly predictable, I think it comes to a conclusion that everyone can enjoy. One thing that I found very amendable about this film as well, was the fact that it wasn’t a mindless shoot ‘em up, it also had a very good storyline to propel it along the way.
Overall Bullet to the Head is thoroughly entertaining and I really enjoyed it. If you’re not looking for anything too complex I highly recommend this, as it’s just good old fashioned fun from the legend that is Sylvester Stallone.