BULLET TO THE HEAD opens Feb. 1, 2013. Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Momoa, Christian Slater, Jon Seda and Holt McCallany. Directed by Walter Hill ("The Warriors"; "48 Hours"; "The Long Riders"). From Warner Brothers.
Stallone plays a hitman from New Orleans who teams with a New York City detective in a high-stakes investigation that leads from the back alleys of New Orleans to the halls of power in Washington D.C.
Stallone is famous for his action figure looks and abilities. Whether as Rocky or Rambo or the lead Expendable, Sly has always dominated his films. Many of them have been ultra-successful. Even the ones that didn't break records were good. Til now.
This one just doesn't have the edge or the impact of previous Stallone films which is a weird thing to say about a Walter Hill film. All the way back to "The Getaway" (1972), Hill's films focus on character development, complex storylines and realistic action. Even "The Warriors" which is actually a spoof drew from reality-based events. His best film, "The Long Riders" (1980), was a supremely-focused no-punches-pulled look into the James/Younger gang and their ill-fated journey to Minnesota.
This film is little more than action scene after action scene involving characters one barely cares about. Warner Brothers has already pushed its release back once. They should have pushed it back again to have Hill add some depth. Still, it is a Stallone film and hardcore fans will have to see it.