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Movie review: Bullet to the Head

Sylvester Stallone is back in this thriller that fails to impress

Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

February 2, 2013 | 10:37 a.m. CST

Ah, Sylvester Stallone, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? While it’s fun (for about five minutes) to see Stallone kicking tail and taking names just like old times, ultimately Bullet to the Head leaves viewers wanting a heck of a lot more.

In this action-packed movie set in New Orleans, Stallone’s character, Jimmy Bonomo, plays a hit man who usually gets away with his crimes. In some cheesy narration, Jimmy talks about how he kills the lowest of the low and doesn’t really feel bad about it. Later, he also admits his line of work doesn’t allow for family. Playing a character without emotions was not a stretch for Stallone.

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Jimmy meets a cop, Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang), who he is of course reluctant to work with, but they decide to team up temporarily after the same ring of criminals kills their respective partners.

Throughout their search for the criminals, Jimmy is relentless, killing everyone who gets in his way, while Taylor watches in horror. “You can’t just go around killing people like that!” Taylor exclaims. “I just did,” replies Jimmy, which emitted exactly zero laughs from theatergoers.

Stallone and Kang’s lack of chemistry is really where the film stops working. Viewers aren’t sure if they should be rooting for their strange cop/hit man relationship to work out because just as they start to become a little more buddy-buddy, Jimmy does something rash and Kwon says, “I have to take you in when this is all over.”

There are some fun action sequences, particularly when Stallone blows up his own house while some bad guys are inside. The last enemy standing is played by Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo, from Game of Thrones, anyone?). He wants to fight Jimmy with some axes, so that’s pretty cool.

If the chemistry between the main characters were better, the film would be a lot more popular, but if basic action is your thing, you should still give this one a shot.

Vox Rating: V V

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