Sylvester Stallone skyrocketed to stardom in his own screenplay and gave us one of Hollywood’s most iconic characters in the Best Picture winning bicentennial classic “Rocky.” Director Walter Hill became violence maestro Sam Peckinpah’s greatest imitator with “The Long Riders” and brought us an action-comedy classic with “48 Hours.” Yet the only thing remarkable about “Bullet to the Head” is how dull and pointless their joint collaboration turned out to be. The new release DVD (now available at your Roanoke Valley Public Libraries) tries to hit hard but shoots blanks.
New Orleans hitman John Bonomo (Stallone) forms a preposterous alliance with detective Taylor Kwan (Sung Kang). Kwan’s investigating a murder he knows Bonomo committed, however he’s more interested in nailing the mob guy who ordered the hit. There’s also an equally preposterous and pointless reference to a tattoo on a prostitute Bonomo did not kill on assignment and a similar tattoo on a woman in Bonomo’s life. Whatever. Mostly Kang tags along while Stallone shoots people. It’s a substandard and boring shoot-‘em-up that will have you making use of your remote’s fast forward button.
Just about every bad movie cliché is employed here including unnecessary narration, a knifing in a bar, a fight in the same bar’s bathroom and an extended fight with axes between Stallone and a big guy with a ponytail (Jason Momoa). You really have to wonder how and why “Bullet to the Head” was made. Stallone’s role could have been cast with anyone and there’s no trace of Hill’s celebrated style with action, violence or any other aspect of the filmmaking. This darkly lit, darkly colored and dark themed tale is stale and tired and will make you feel the same.