Bullet to the Head
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.
In Bullet to the Head we follow Sylvester Stallone as he plays the role of Jimmy Bonomo, a coldblooded assassin who together with his partner Louis Blanchard (Jon Seda) after the latest job becomes a target himself to keep “important people” out of the picture. Louis pays with his life but Jimmy succeeds in escaping and afterwards is of course out for revenge. During his investigation into the men who ordered the hit he teams up with Taylor Kwon, a detective from Washington who apparently has become a thorn in the eye of these same people and has also gotten a target on his back.
We can go deeper in on the story but we might make the story sound more complicated than it actually is. Simply said: two totally different characters have to work together against a common enemy that wants to get them killed. Yup, you guessed it: a buddy-movie! The ’80s truly seem to have come back to life!
Walter Hill took on the directing of Bullet to the Head and the least you can say about the guy is that he’s got experience with the genre: he previously did 48 Hours, Another 48 Hours and Red Heat. However, the difference with those movies – other than having been made over 20 years ago – is that they do contain a certain level of comedy that elevated them above the average B-movie. And that sadly isn’t the case in this latest Stallone-project.
Bullet to the Head tries to place a joke here and there but these are every time as funny as a wooden brick. We truly tried to laugh but the attempts were rather to cry with making you remain with a standard action movie that except for the big names in the cast offers very little than any other generic movie in the genre. You can say you have to enjoy such movies for what they are (as in: brainless entertainment) but in our opinion that doesn’t mean one shouldn’t even try to make something better.
Calling the story simplistic is almost an udnderstatemenet, there’s clearly no big need for acting, and the cast does little more than bringing forth their known “tics”. We were pleased to see Christian Slater pass by again, and the end battle with the axes is as such a bit of fun, but it’s definitely not enough to keep a positive image of Bullet in the Head in our memories.
After The Expendables 2 Bruce Willis again took on the role of John McClane in “A Good Day to Die Hard”, and Arnold Schwarzenegger did “The Last Stand” gedaan. Both may not have been fantastic, but enjoyable within their genre. It’s therefore all the more sad to see the man behind the action hero reunion, Stallone, delivering the worst post-Expendables movie with this Bullet to the Head.
Where we have quite negative comments on the movie, we certainly can’t say that about the image and sound of this Blu-ray. The colors sparkle, fine detail and depth are great, while the high contrast most of all shows how great the black levels are. The sound is almost equally good, but lacks some volume in a couple of scenes at the start of the movie. However, this doesn’t bother all too much and quickly you get bombarded with bullets that ricochet from walls, perfectly clear dialogues (even Stallones mumbling is well understandable!) and a good portion of LFE lows.
Fans of extras will be disappointed as we have to do with a 9 minute feature called “Bullet to The Head: Mayhem Inc.” in which the cast tries to explain what type of movie this is. As if we didn’t get it… Fun for those that don’t have the movie yet: Copland is delivered for free with this release and we DID like that movie a lot!