Review: 'Bullet to Head' a loud & proud B-movie
This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Christian Slater, left, and Sylvester Stallone in a scene from "Bullet to the Head." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Frank Masi)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Like the amped up comeback tour of two rockers who had their heyday sometime in the mid-'80s, Sylvester Stallone and director Walter Hill ("48 HRS.," ''The Warriors") join forces for a hard-hitting exercise in beefy, brainless fun with the New Orleans-set actioner "Bullet to the Head."
Taking its B-grade scenario à la lettre, this assassin-cop buddy movie aims to accomplish little more than delivering tons of kinetic wham-bam fight sequences and LOL one-liners, which Stallone recites from a face that seems literally frozen in time. Independently financed, "Bullet" should target decent crowds, especially abroad, though will play best on the small screen.
This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Sylvester Stallone, left, and Jason Momoa in a scene from "Bullet to the Head." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Frank Masi)
Adapted by Alessandro Camon ("The Messenger") from the French comic book series by Matz, the film shifts the setting from New York to New Orleans (tax credits, anyone?), though that location is never officially named — and, like many things in this fast and easy shoot 'em up, such details don't really matter.
An opening assassination scene, replete with a prostitute and lots of cocaine, introduces us to Jimmy Bobo (Stallone), a tired and heavily tattooed hitman who's seen it all but still can pack a nasty punch. When Jimmy's partner (Jon Seda) gets sliced up by a muscle-bound meathead (Jason Momoa) with expert mercenary skills, Jimmy vows revenge. He teams with an out-of-town detective, Taylor Kwon ("Sung Kang," ''Fast Five"), who's been sent to investigate the murder of his former partner — who turns out to be the very man Jimmy took down.