Bullet To The Head starring Sylvester Stallone – A Review

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I went to Bullet to the Head this weekend and it was great to see Sylvester Stallone in a badass role that threw back to the classic 1980s tough guy movies and proved that even in his 60s, Sly still has it.

Bullet To The Head starring Sylvester Stallone and featuring Sung Kang, Sarah Shahi, and Christian  Slater is a fast paced action packed movie like only Stallone can provide.  When it comes to playing Tough Guys, Stallone has been doing an awesome job for going on 40 years now.  The movie was directed by Walter Hill, who has directed Tough Guy classics such as The Warriors (1979)  (See the post about my favorite bathroom fight), Read Heat (1988) with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Last Man Standing (1996) with Bruce Willis, and many more.

In fact, there was a small resemblance to another Walter Hill film, 48 Hours (1982) starring Nick Nolte as Jack Cates and Eddie Murphy as Reggie Hammond. Bullet to the Head had some fun dialog between Stallone’s James Bonomo and Kang’s Taylor Kwon. The two played well off each other.

The story line is pretty simple, but that’s really not why you go to a movie called Bullet to the Head starring Sylvester Stallone. You go for bullets to the head, in which there are quite a few. I’m not sure the body count of the film, but it is up there. Explosions, fights, shootouts and even an axe fight are all included, as well as some great tough guy lines, and Sly delivers

The movie is a bit darker and grittier than many of Stallone’s films. He plays a hit man, and while he is the “good guy,” he definitely isn’t wearing a white hat so to speak. In short, he’s a real badass that serves his own type of justice which is often the film’s namesake, a bullet to the head. This creates the tension between him and Kang’s character, Taylor Kwon, who’s a cop. Oh yeah, did I mention that Stallone’s Bonomo hates cops?


I thought the movie worked. It was fast paced, contained some great action scenes, and the physical shape of the 66 year old Stallone should be sending many younger men to the gym to “get in shape.” I look forward to seeing it again on DVD and will enjoy collecting the quotes for the future Tough Guy Wisdom: Sylvester Stallone edition of the Tough Guy Wisdom series.

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