Korean American actor Sung Kang (Han from the "Fast and Furious" franchise) gets down and dirty with co-star Sylvester Stallone ("The Expendables 2") in the new action thriller "Bullet to the Head" which opened on Friday, Feb. 1.
In this case, Stallone plays James Bonomo aka Jimmy Bobo, a New Orleans hitman, who forms an alliance with a Washington D.C. cop Taylor Kwan (played by the aforementioned Kang) to bring down the killer of their respective partners.
The story is merely a formality though to link the movie's dynamic action and fight scenes with a plot involving two forgettable villains played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Christian Slater, who both seem to be riffing on characters they've played with more gusto in other movies.
However, action movie fans will find the duo of Kang and Stallone does offer up more than a few buddy-buddy guffaws and even some emotional conflict between these unexpected partners, who help to save the Stallone character's daughter played by a tatted up Sarah Shahi ("Old School" and "Fairly Legal").
Kang holds his own as the young detective (who relies on modern technology, i.e. smartphone and computer database research) alongside the aging Stallone, who does his hard-boiled assassin routine utilizing brute strength, guns, knives, blades and even a fireman's axe.
Jason Momoa (The new "Conan the Barbarian") is also given ample screen-time and seems determined to carve out an action movie career along the lines of Dwayne Johnson and the legendary "Terminator" himself Arnold Schwarzenegger.
For what its worth, "Bullet to the Head" will likely satisfy fans of Stallone and serve as a launching point for Kang and Momoa as action movie stars.
At its core, the movie knows its serving up more of the same old stuff we've seen before but it relishes in delivering it with a visceral impact.
The film was directed by veteran Walter Hill ("48 Hours" and "Deadwood") and produced by iconic producer Joel Silver ("The Matrix" and "Lethal Weapon" franchises), whose fingerprints can clearly be seen all over the project.
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