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Bullet to the Head (3 stars)

Commendable attempt to reset Stallone persona in more down-to-earth cop thriller

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Bullet to the Head

Returning as the prodigal son of the hard-boiled thriller, director Walter Hill’s first film in ten years is a tough-guy vehicle for Sylvester Stallone. While the star’s recent output has been verging on self-parody in the Rocky, Rambo and Expendables franchises, Bullet to the Head commendably attempts to reset his larger-than-life persona in a more down-to-earth cop thriller.

Stallone plays New Orleans hitman Jimmy Bobo whose partner is stabbed to death after they execute a ruthless mobster in his hotel room. He teams up with cop Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang), a Korean technology wonk who uses his phone as a source of information; Stallone instead uses his as something to hit people with. Together, the mismatched duo investigate a complex gangland feud which leads to a trail of corruption involving Christian Slater as a seedy politician, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as a criminal mastermind, and muscle-man Jason Momoa as a well-appointed henchman.

While Bullet to the Head’s predictable plotting and low-brow aspirations never reach the heights of Hill’s streak of brilliant thrillers in the late 70s and early 80s (such as The Driver, The Warriors, and Southern Comfort), it’s still a welcome return from one of the genre’s acknowledged masters.

General release from Fri 1 Feb.

Bullet to the Head

  • 3 stars
  • 2012
  • US
  • 91 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Walter Hill
  • Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Momoa, Christian Slater
  • UK release: 1 February 2013

Stallone plays New Orleans hitman Jimmy Bobo whose partner is stabbed to death after they execute a ruthless mobster. He teams up with cop Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang) to investigate a complex gangland feud which leads to a trail of corruption involving Slater as a seedy politician, Akinnuoye-Agbaje as a criminal mastermind…

Bullet to the Head trailer

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