Sylvester Stallone as Jimmy Bobo
Sung Kang as Taylor Kwan
Christian Slater as Marcus Baptiste
Sarah Shahi as Lisa Bobo
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Morel
In theaters February 1
In the film, a hitman (Sylvester Stallone) teams with a young Washington D.C. detective (Sung Kang) in a high-stakes investigation that leads from dingy back alleys, all the way to the power corridors of New Orleans. The unlikely duo, brought together by two vicious murders, take on all who stand in their way and are willing to sacrifice everything to exact revenge.
Hitman Jimmy Bobo (Stallone) is all business when it comes to the business of killing. A career criminal who has been in and out of prison; he’s quick and efficient. He and his partner go on a hit, seemingly routine, but when they go to get their reward his partner is murdered, and the assailant attempts to take out Jimmy as well. Jimmy is curious as to who wants him dead and why. To further complicate matters, the mark Jimmy took out was a not too clean ex- cop whose former partner hits town to find out who was responsible. A lead puts him in Jimmy’s path. The two form an unlikely partnership to get to the bottom of the case. No matter who or what stands in the way, there will be hell to pay.
Once again Sylvester Stallone is back (again) and kicking ass. Based on the French graphic novel “DuPlomb Dans La Tete”, Bullet to the Head is a lovely piece of hardcore action. Evenly paced with not a lot of downtime. To get to the center of this maze of a plot, there are layers of bad guys here that you just love to watch Stallone peel away: cops on the take, crooked lawyers, genocidal African warlords, mercenaries; you name it. Jimmy Bobo’s approach is head on and direct, while Detective Taylor Kwan(Kang) wants to keep it by the book. After a while detective Kwan comes to realize that sometimes the direct approach is best.
Stallone has a lot of great one liners here that he slurs out with his usual timing. While they may come across comical, the action here is solid and the body count is HIGH. Going up against the major baddie in this movie, a mercenary employed by the head villain in charge, is a joy to watch. Stallone doesn’t pull any punches. This film kind of feels like a throwback to the 80’s action B movie where the plot is simple and the hits are hard and explosive.
All in all , Bullet to the Head is a great way to pass the time. Just chalk another one up for the aging bad ass pile of Expendables alumni (Schwarzenegger, Statham, Willis) who have/are releasing movies this season. As long as they keep kicking ass, there will be someone there with a bucket of popcorn to watch, so grab your bucket and enjoy the ride.
5 out of 5 stars.
Check out the trailer for “Bullet to the Head” below: