“Bang… Down… Owned”
Now-a-days everyone’s so caught up in films with fantastic plots that has twist and leaves you thinking, yeah ok that’s great and I’m not saying I’m not a fan of those films, but that being said sometimes you want a film where you can just sit back, turn your brain off and just enjoy. Bullet to the head is that kind of film.
James Bonomo (Sylvester Stallone) and Louis Blanchard (Jon Seda) are hit-men on their latest assignment. After they finished the job they are targeted by a mercenary (Jason Momoa) which kills Blanchard and Bonomo barely survives.
Detective Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang) travels to New Orleans to investigate a murder, which turns out to be target of the two hit-men. While in the morgue Kwon sees the body of Blanchard and has a hunch that the two deaths are linked. Kwon following up on his hunch is led to Bonomo who ends up saving his life, reluctantly they partner up. Kwon wants to do things by the law but Bonomo, set on revenge, does things his way.
Bullet to the head is an old fashion shoot-em-up film which is something Stallone is known for. The film has a simple plot with some good action scenes and a bit of comedy thrown in. The fight scenes are really good, they are a bit brutal, the action scenes are just as good not a lot of CGI in the film, I believe the only thing that was CGI was blood. The film is actually based on a French graphic novel entitled “Du Plomb Dans La Tet” which means “Bullet to the head”
The chemistry between Stallone and Kang is great. Stallone is actually looking a lot better in his face, I’m comparing him to “The Expendables” where it looked like his eyebrows were drawn on and he was wearing blusher. He is in brilliant physical shape; the man is cut and pumped! Which is something you have to give him credit for, the guy is 66 years old. As far as I’m concern Sly still got it! This is Walter Hill’s first film in ten years, his last being “Undisputed”.
It was good to see Christian Slater back on the big screen; his last major role was in “Alone in the dark”. The beautiful Sarah Shahi plays Bonomo daughter and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is the big boss.
Bullet to the head is getting a lot of mixed reviews at the moment however people are complaining about the storyline being basic, but then again as I said at the beginning of this review this is a popcorn film. It’s a film to switch your brain off to and just enjoy. If you enjoyed Stallone’s latest stuff such as “The Expendables” and “The Expendables 2” or some of his older stuff such as “Assassins” and “The Specialist” then this is a film for you. In my opinion this IS Stallone back to his best.
Bullet To The Head is in cinemas now.
By Fiaz Ali