You Saw 'Bullet to the Head,' Now Give Us Your Review

Sylvester Stallone and Jason Momoa in Bullet to the Head
Sylvester Stallone and Jason Momoa in Bullet to the Head
Photo: Warner Bros.

The Movie: Bullet to the Head (2013)

Studio: Warner Bros.

Director: Walter Hill

Starring: Sylvester Stallone as James Bonomo, Sung Kang as Taylor Kwon, Sarah Shahi as Lisa Bonomo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Robert Nkomo Morel, Jason Momoa as Keegan, Christian Slater as Marcus Baptiste and Jon Seda as Louis Blanchard

Screenwriters: Alessandro Camon based on the graphic novel "Du plomb dans la tĂȘte"

RottenTomatoes: 49% MetaCritic: 47/100

Snippet from My Review: (read my full review here)

Bullet to the Head tries so hard to play like a throwback '80s actioner, while not appearing to look like its trying, it's laughable. I've also been worn so thin on films with aging characters baffled by technology that the egregious lengths Walter Hill's new film goes to tell me how much information can be found on a smartphone that I wanted to pull mine out of my pocket and stomp it into a thousand pieces.

Starter Questions

Here are a couple of questions to help get the conversation started.

1.) Did you think Stallone and Kang had any chemistry on screen?

2.) What did you make of the constant references to Kwon's cellphone and his magical power to summon information?

3.) Did it bother you at all that Kwon continued to talk about how Bobo was nothing but a bad guy and yet he continually led him to people to kill, making him an accessory to murder?

Now share your thoughts on the film in the comments below and feel free to include spoilers.

  • CJohn

    Apparently nobody saw it. It did just 1.7M on Friday.

  • kyle coley

    I love the chemistry i have to be honest

    that cell phone info really bother me a lot

    and lastly that didnt make sense

  • David Gaillardetz

    The greatest thing I can say about it is that I did not see it nor do I plan to. Hopefully those who suffered through it can provide real fuel for this comment thread.

  • Josh

    I thought the action was nice and brutal but besides that the film was really lackluster. Nothing I hadn't seen before, they even ripped that ending part of the Ax fight off from The Raid: Redemption.

  • darkknightfan1225

    Brainless action galore, but there was actually some decent dialogue. The action, though nothing new, was fun, Stallone is jacked (love or hate the film give the guy his due, he is chiseled out of a mountain). The film is forgettable but it knows that it's not making history and makes for a fun and quick ride.

  • darkknightfan1225

    Damn I forgot to answer the questions.
    1- Yes, I felt like they had some chemistry even though Kang's timing was a bit off.
    2- I am a cop at a department with fairly limited technology and I can get information pretty fast. To be WDCPD he would get it faster. He wouldn't get all that much that fast, but it isn't as far fetched as you would think.
    3- Yea that part of the story was a little bit silly. Besides all that, Kang is a ways out of his jurisdiction.

  • Shloggs

    1. The chemistry was fine. Kang was likable, but it's Stallone's show all the way and that's a good thing.

    2. I didn't care about much about his magical cell phone. I noticed it for the unsubtle plot device it was, but it didn't ruin the film for me like it did for Brad.

    3. I find it silly to concern yourself with the legality or morality of the cops actions in a movie where 10 dudes are shot in the head in under a minute by one man and the finale features two behemoths engaging in a brutal ax fight.

    Here's my full review for any that are interested:

    • Brad Brevet

      I would agree with your answer to #3 if Kwon wasn't trying so hard to sell morality throughout the film. All while these people are being killed he's like, "You can't do that! I'm gonna take you down!" All the while, he's the one leading Bobo from one murder to the next.

      Yes, a film can be enjoyable for what it is, but when it tries to be something more, it must also be held to those standards. At least in my opinion. I can't say well, I forgive their attempt at morality because there is a bunch of killing that ends in an axe fight. I like that stuff as much as the next person, but I still want everything that surrounds it to be good.

      • Shloggs

        I could think of many ways to continue this debate, but I'm certain neither of us will ultimately sway the others opinion. Also, I'd feel silly expending much more energy defending what is admittedly a middling film that will be soon forgotten, and that's coming from someone who enjoyed it a lot.

        I believe a lot of my enjoyment came from the fact that I saw it for 5$ at a matinee with my old man. He brought me up on Arnold and Sly films, always casting a knowing wink toward the heightened ridiculousness of them all. Nowadays my pops prefers films like Once Upon A Time in Anatolia and Arbitrage, but he can still admit to occasionally basking in the guilty pleasure of such ultra-violent nonsense.

        This is why I wouldn't want to become a film critic. As much as I love cinema, I couldn't stand being compelled to see so many films that didn't appeal to me. I never want to hit that Stealth malaise that you went though in 2005. The older I get, the more confident I become in what I enjoy and why. You couldn't pay me to sit through something like Silver Linings Playbook or Movie 43, but that's why I prefer to be a random, nobody enthusiast with a blog instead of an accredited, actual critic like yourself. I have the luxury of only seeing what I want, therefore, I'm usually less upset with what I end up sitting through.

        As I said before, I just wanted to put an opposing view out there since so many are piling on it. I especially feel the need to defend it when those who haven't seen it and don't ever intend to are slamming it for some inexplicable reason. Sly's a hard worker and a lifelong hero of mine. He brings an air of authenticity to roles like this I'm not gonna get from some pretty boy like baby Goose. Looking at the box office for these flicks, clearly his and Arnold's time has passed . That's too bad, I'll miss them. In the meantime, I'll support their cinematic endeavors and stand up for them against the multitudinous brickbats (that's for you Laremy) thrown their way.

        • Brad Brevet

          "I especially feel the need to defend it when those who haven't seen it and don't ever intend to are slamming it for some inexplicable reason."

          Isn't it weird how that happens? You don't really like a film enough to defend it, but you know it doesn't deserve the hatred being aimed at it?

          I got caught in a similar situation with Superman Returns, which I didn't really like, but someone was trying to tell me how great it was with ridiculous reasoning and I started to hate it more and more... entirely unfairly. It's just weird how it suddenly becomes less about the movie and more about something else.

          Oh well, always love chatting movies with you Shloggs, you bring a fun perspective to the conversation.

          • Shloggs

            I enjoy it as well. You're one of the good ones Brad. Even if I don't agree with your opinions, I'm never upset with the manner you express them. You always try to find something to praise in stuff you dislike and that's an extremely commendable quality in a film reviewer.

            As much as I don't want to be a "real film critic", I love listening to you and Laremy talk about it. The advice you guys give on the show is fantastic and has definitely improved my writing.

            Thanks for the chat, the great site and the outstanding podcast!

  • http://facebook carolyn walker

    Sorry, but I enjoyed the movie. Just love action movies. I'm a Momoa fan. Would like to see Stallone & Momoa team up again.