Monday, February 4, 2013
Movie review: Bullet to the Head is a fully loaded flick
It's Sly doing what he does best.
Let’s be honest, if you are planning on seeing Sylvester Stallone’s new movie, Bullet to the Head, you are not looking for a high-brow film. You are looking for a shoot ‘em up that kicks ass, and you won’t be disappointed. Sly plays James “BoBo” Bonomo, a hit man out to avenge the untimely murder of his partner. His sidekick on this adventure is Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang, Fast and Furious), a cop who’s out of his jurisdiction and in over his head.
The age difference between Bonomo and Kwon isn’t the only visual cue to let viewers know the partners will have an old-school versus new-school dynamic. Although Bonomo may be a killer, he still has morals and a strong ethical code (as well as great dialogue). He lives by the code of an eye for an eye. You killed my partner. Therefore, I will kill you. Kwon, on the other hand, is a cop who still has faith in the justice system. He uses his smartphone and tech skills to track the bad guys.
The villainous trio is played by Christian Slater, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost), and Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones and Stargate Atlantis). Slater plays a corrupt New Orleans lawyer who oozes sleaze. Akinnuoye-Agbaje is the brains behind the operation, and Momoa is the pit-bull vigilante and enforcer.
Director Walter Hill mixes action-packed sequences with entertaining banter, resulting in the right mix for a successful flick. Instead of focusing too much on character development, he gives each actor enough of a backstory to make the film interesting. However, the focus is really on the fight scene choreography and gore quotient. In an age where previews and opening weekends can determine a film’s success, Bullet to the Head is exactly what it promotes itself as … Sylvester Stallone doing what he does best ... kicking ass.