Sometimes when I watch a movie I try not to expect too much. However, when I watch a film with Sylvester Stallone in it I cannot help but get more excited than I should. Stallone has come quite a way from his days of Rocky and that may not be an entirely good thing either. In his newest film Stallone plays a hitman who gets angry after his partner is murdered by the people he was hired by in the first place. (No, seriously, that’s exactly how I mean to put that.) Bullet to the Head is a vicious romp through an overly fictional version of New Orleans; it is entirely over the top and almost more gory than it needs to be. All of that said… I really didn’t have too awful of a time taking a break from reality for a little bit, even if it was a break in a place of suspended silliness.
Bullet to the Head is based on the graphic novel Du Plomb Dans La Tete by French graphic novelist Alex Nolent and directed by Walter Hill. The film apparently attempts to follow the graphic novel, but since I have not yet had the pleasure of consume that particular part of literature, I cannot attest to that.
Stallone, who plays the character of James Bonomo, actually is pretty amazing in it. It’s hard not to succumb to the overtly masculine charm that he carries from film to film. He still has it even in his old age; one can only hope to keep as long as he has as Stallone does not seem to have a shelf life.
As for the rest of the film I cannot say the same. Mediocre acting and poor writing plague this film. Sung Kang (Taylor Kwon) is extremely cheesy but holds his own against Stallone’s presence. Sarah Shahi, whilst being a beautiful on screen appearance, comes off as campy, which actually fits the film as it is a model of the ridiculous. Jason Momoa is basically Conan with clothing and I had no idea that Christian Slater was even still allowed to act anymore.
The plot is pretty stale, the writing is sub-par, and the acting fits these themes perfectly, but I still think that it is worth a casual watch. Invite your pals over for a pizza and beer, have a seat around the TV and converse while this is playing in the room. There are times where you will laugh and times where you will stop talking to pay attention to the acting, but all in all this is a film that MUST be experienced with other people.