Excerpt: The Expendables brought the return of the muscle that clustered us to the big white screen in the 80s. The heroes from back then are back and that’s also the case with uncomplicated stories that run on simple concepts and most of all no-nonsense action.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: 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,...
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.
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.
Conclusion: Hill is rusty, Camon's script struggles, Stallone isn't given a lot to work with, and Bullet to the Head looks like it was much more fun to make than it is to watch. Even so, there's enough big, dumb fun here for a decent rainy Friday rental. Just enough, but enough.