Excerpt: I’ve got to hand it to Sylvester Stallone, for a man of 67 years old (as of this writing), he looks physically amazing. Granted he’s always kept himself in impeccable shape, though when you make movies like Rocky and Rambo , I’d imagine that’s a necessity. Still, for a would be actor who wrote the screenplay to a movie that later won Best Picture – he’s been in the limelight for nearly forty years. That’s longevity, folks and it’s a rarity in Hollywood.
Summary: Bullet to the Head was not as action-packed as I’d expected but the action/fight scenes were good (particularly the axe fight), even if too few and far between for what one might expect from a current Stallone flick. Of the two main characters, Stallone’s character was decent, Kang’s not so much. In the end, being a Stallone fan, I wanted to see it and am glad I did.
Summary: There were obviously more than a few problems with the script. Writer Allesandro Camon struggled with the original material, to be sure. Maybe something got lost in the translation. It’s quite clear he never understood his characters and was often at a loss as to who they were. Stallone ends up delivering a lot of narration which appears to have been hastily added to cover up some of the issues. This is not good narration.
Conclusion: Action movies have come a long way since their star-powered heyday in the '80s. For one thing, most are now centered around comic books or superhero properties that were once thought of as mere kids' stuff, and not in the same league as the R-rated shoot 'em ups populated with likes of Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis and anyone else you can think of.
Excerpt: This past winter, America witnessed a resurgence of the classic action genre from the 80s and 90s. In January and February, mainstays Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and Jason Stathom all had new releases within weeks of each other. To top it off, in March Olympus Has Fallen (a “ Die Hard in the White House” movie) was released. Most of these films failed to make a dent and tanked or fell below expectations financially (at least domestically).
Excerpt: Held together with an armature built from noire, buddy cop pairings, and viciously direct action pictures of the ’80s, Bullet to the Head has little reason for its R-rated stench as Stallone pops villainous, protected political types from the bottom up. A hitman wronged by his employer, James Bonomo (Stallone) runs over Crescent City, Louisiana’s underworld while juggling authoritative exploits of a rookie detective, Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang).
Excerpt: Can we talk about Jason Momoa for a minute? I know he's not the star of Bullet to the Head , or even featured all that much in the marketing, which seems to think that Sylvester Stallone's terrifyingly ripped 65-year-old torso is a good sell. In this garish, borderline incomprehensible action drama Momoa plays the stock bad guy, a hulk hired by some crooked cops and politicians to cover up their misdeeds, usually by indiscriminately killing anyone who might be a threat.