Ladies and Gentelman, Mr. Walter Hill is back! It has been ten years since his last movie Undisputed [2002], that didn’t really resonate with me, but still was a good movie. A man who had his elongated skull wrapped in the entire Alien quadrilogy, decided, after a few discussions, to direct Bullet to the Head, based on a graphic novel Du plomb dans la tête by Alexis Nolent. Starring aging, well, not exactly aging as much as aged, Sylvester Stallone and young Jason Momoa, Bullet to the Head is exactly that, with the addition of viewers before head. Thomas Jane, a guy known for an obsession with noir movies was also involved, adding more darkness and atmosphere. Gritty, experienced hitman, resembling Mr. Hartigan from Sin City and a good guy detective have to join forces and bring to justice an evil man. What a cliché. Then again, I am ready to watch it again and again (well, not that much). Blood, gore and interesting ways to kill someone – check, hot, tattooed chick that someone falls in love with – check, partners who hate each other but work together – check, fantastic fighting scenes – check and I could go on and on (pretty much like the trailer for Machete)…

Bullet to the Head PosterKilling Is My Business… and Business Is Good! Two hitman Louis Blanchard (Jon Seda) and James Bonomo (Sylvester Stallone) successfully finished they last job of killing a corrupt policeman named Greely. What they didn’t know is that someone has by sent to finish them, a grizzly looking mercenary Keegan (Jason Momoa). And while Keegan managed to kill Louis, Bonomo AKA Bobo proved to be a tough nut to crack. Soon detective Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang) arrives in New Orleans to investigate Greely’s death, but uncovers a much larger conspiracy. As the story unfolds, Kwon and Bobo realize that they must join forces if they want to get to the bottom of this mess. A detective who almost always abides by the rules, and a guy without any rules seem like a good fit…

By now, I think you got a pretty good picture about this movie, it’s an old school, eighties style, manliness-fest and if you’re into this, you must check it out. To say that this is a perfect movie would a mistake, sure they could’ve made a more intimidating main bad guy (sure Momoa is threatening, but he’s just a tool in hands of the main evil mastermind), and better structured ladder of villains, but I guess that’s just asking too much. Same as nudity, that’s relatively scarce in Bullet to the Head, that was more focused on the blood squirting that will have to do I guess. Enjoy…

Director: Walter Hill

Writers:  Alessandro Camon, Alexis Nolent, Colin Wilson

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jason Momoa, Christian Slater, Jon Seda

Fun Facts: Thomas Jane was brought into the project by original director Wayne Kramer. When Kramer left the project, Jane suggested Sylvester Stallone to hire Walter Hill. After Hill took over directorial duties, Joel Silver came on board the project and fired Jane because he wanted an ethnic guy for the other lead role. Sung Kang was subsequently cast.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1308729/

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