The eighties action star revival continues with Sylvester Stallone taking center stage in his new film about a hit man with a heart of gold. Ok, so his heart ain’t so golden. But he doesn’t shoot children or hookers with similar tattoos as his estranged daughter. And he actually saved a cop that one time. So he’s not such a bad guy. He just tends to end every scene with putting bullets in peoples’ heads.
Hitman Jimmy Bobo and his partner get set up on a job and his partner gets stabbed a lot and dies. Young detective Kwon from out of town convinces Bobbo to team up with him to bring down the top dogs that ordered the hit. The conflict/action/comedy gold comes into play with the fact that everywhere they go, Kwon wants to do things by the book, while Bobbo keeps putting bullets in peoples’ heads. Also, get ready for some zingers between the two; either about being too old or being too asian.
Stallone was headed to the direct to video market, where so many action stars go to die. But he revived his career by writing and directing new movies for his signature franchises; Rocky Balboa (2006) and Rambo (2008). Then he set out to make the action movie to end all action movies; The Expendables. This new franchise collects the biggest names in manly action movies from the 80’s and 90’s. They have been rather successful, and now it feels like Sly is here to stay.
I gotta say I enjoyed Bullet to The Head much more than The Expendables and The Expendables 2. It feels a bit more organic, a bit more Stallone. The jokes still miss more the hit, but it’s nothing worse than, say, 1985s’ Cobra.
Here’s the trailer for that movie just for fun.
Then there is the aforementioned bullets into people’s heads. The violence is good and gritty, Stallone never disappoints on this front. There’s a steady amount of action throughout the film, staying clear of long stretches of nothing happening with no bullets going into heads. The Italian Stallion also looks better than he has in most of his aging films. It was a little hard to swallow seeing him in the boxing ring in Rocky Balboa, but somehow seven years later he looks believable in a bathhouse brawl and a full-on axe battle.
Yeah. I said axe battle.
This could’ve have been much worse. I was afraid it would be dull, retreading the same ground in an excruciating manner. While it definitely brings absolutely nothing new to the game, it completely succeeds in being the movie it wants to be for the fans that want to see it.