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Bullet to the Head

By MICHAEL NORDINE
Most of the dialogue in Bullet to the Head is as blunt as the title, but the gunfire and ax fights (!) are carried out with a sort of kinetic grace that betrays their makers' experience within the genre. Enjoyment of Walter Hill's first film in more than a decade is nonetheless largely predicated on agreeing with its tagline: “Revenge never gets old.” This is indeed an old story whose director and star have both been around the block several times before, but Hill and star Sylvester Stallone have put their experience within the genre to good use. The result is the kind of movie in which dudes drink whiskey straight from the bottle to dull the pain of amateur surgery, and callously offing baddies is more a matter of survival-of-the-fittest instinct than conscious decisionmaking. Sly is at his gruffest and most no-nonsense throughout, especially compared to the detective he partners with early on to take down a shared enemy in New Orleans. Though this partnership often strains credulity (especially when Sung Kang's cop just kind of hangs out as Stallone's Jimmy Bobo straight-up murders people), it does lead to Sly at one point saying, “Let's go take a bath.” Small victories, friends.
 
  • Genres: Action, Crime drama, Thriller
  • Running Time: 91 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, February 1, 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: R [ Bloody Images, Brief Drug Use, Language, Some Nudity, Strong Violence ]
  • Critic's Score: C+
  • Starring: Sylvester Stallone [Jimmy Bobo (James Bonomo)], Sung Kang [Taylor Kwon], Sarah Shahi [Lisa Bonomo], Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje [Robert Nkomo Morel], Jason Momoa [Keegan], Christian Slater [Marcus Baptiste], Jon Seda [Louis Blanchard], Brian Van Holt [Ronnie Dupaix], Holt McCallany [Hank Greely], Weronika Rosati [Lola], Marcus Lyle Brown [Det. Towne], Dane Rhodes [Lt. Howard LeBreton]
  • Directed by: Walter Hill [Director], Alessandro Camon [Screenwriter], Alexandra Milchan [Producer], Alfred Gough [Producer], Miles Millar [Producer], Kevin Templeton [Producer], Stuart Ford [Executive Producer], Brian Kavanaugh-Jones [Executive Producer], Deepak Nayar [Executive Producer], Steve Squillante [Executive Producer], Joel Silver [Executive Producer], Courtney Solomon [Executive Producer], Allan Zeman [Executive Producer], Steve Richards [Executive Producer], Stuart Besser [Executive Producer], Steve Mazzaro [Original Music], Lloyd Ahern [Cinematographer], Tim Alverson [Film Editor], Toby Corbett [Production Design], Ha Nguyen [Costume Designer], Kelly Curley [Art Director], Mary Vernieu [Casting], Venus Kanani [Casting], J.C. Cantu [Casting]
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