Sunday 27 January 2013

Bullet to the Head review

Bullet to the Head (15/R, 91 mins)
Director: Walter Hill
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

When hitman Jimmy Bobo (Sylvester Stallone) sees his partner killed by a rival assassin (Jason Momoa), he teams up with a cop (Sung Kang) who is investigating another case where his own partner was killed and who thinks there may be a connection. What the actual ins and outs of the rest of the plot are is anyone’s guess, but this works perfectly well as an old school, very 80s, thriller. Scuzzy rather than slick, Bullet to the Head takes a bone-crunching, no-nonsense approach to the action and veteran director Walter Hill still knows how to shoot up a room. The buddy movie banter isn’t exactly what you could call electrifying, largely because Kang is so poor, but it provides a few chuckles in a nice change of pace, character-wise, for Sly, playing a wisecracking grump, and Momoa is much better value as a bad guy than he was as a good guy in Conan.

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