Bullet to the Head

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Disposable but well-crafted '80s style action flick with Sylvester Stallone Discuss this article

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Leaner and meaner than the Expendables’ escapades, Bullet to the Head makes a superior ode to Sylvester Stallone’s star power and ageing yet still mysteriously bulked musculature. The movie plays like a disposable but well-crafted action vehicle from the ’80s, right down to the buddy-cop banter. Or maybe its origins reach earlier, to the western.

New Orleans hit man Jimmy Bobo (Stallone) teams up with incorruptible, PDA-addicted cop Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang) to solve a murder linked to a real-estate scam that stretches into the world of politics. Jimmy is out for revenge: these guys hired him for a job and then set him up, killing his partner. Kwon, furtively reporting to his superior officer, just wants justice. The question of what will happen when Law and Lawless are the last men standing gives their pairing an edge.

Veteran filmmaker Walter Hill (The Driver, The Warriors) directs with a brusqueness that’s exceedingly rare. Tongue-in-cheek humour is also an asset, with Christian Slater’s weasel lawyer hilariously eager to compromise and a showdown between Jimmy and a mercenary fought not with guns, but axes. ‘What are we, Vikings?’ Jimmy asks him before the brawl. No, just old-school – and proud.

By Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Doha,

Bullet to the Head

  • Duration: 91
  • Released: Thu, 07 Feb
  • Classification: 18+
  • Language: English
  • Director: Walter Hill
  • Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Momoa, Christian Slater, Sung Kang, Sarah Shahi, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

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