Sylvester Stallone is back with another action movie. His return to the big screen is more than welcome compared to Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose The Last Stand bombed in the box office last week. Bullet to the Head is another antihero action flick where Stallone plays Jimmy Bobo, a hit man from New Orleans.
Jimmy Bobo is finishing up a hit on an ex-police officer when his partner (Jon Seda) is killed. Now he looks for the reason why with a DC detective Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang). Their investigation points to a scumbag (Christian Slater) buying congressional votes, a thug (Jason Momoa) and a mob boss (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). The assassin and the cop partners up and Bobo’s daughter (Sarah Shahi) gets caught in the middle of the mess.
Bullet to the Head is based on a graphic novel but there is no extra feature to attract the younger generation. It might be due to the combination of Stallone and director Walter Hill as the old men camaraderie behind the scene is obvious.
Sylvester Stallone is scrappy in Bullet in the Head. His performance is far from his action movie peak of Daylight and Cliffhanger. The script feels old. Stallone finds himself being marketable again after the success of the Expendables movies.
Bullet to the Head feels like a rehash of older Stallone movies, except the actor grew older. He is still watchable for his longtime fans but his routine grows wearisome at some point of the movie. Part of the blame goes to the character played by Sung Kang. He is the most inexperienced cop to have ever partnered up with a vigilante.
It makes Stallone’s character more ruthless and single-handedly fights against double crosses. But that doesn’t mask the fact that the plot is bland. Viewers must also have to listen to Stallone’s grumbled monotonic speech.