So we’ve had one major action star return to the cinema in the form of Arnold Schwarzenegger with The Last Stand and now its Sylvester Stallone’s turn in Bullet to the End! Honestly when I saw the trailer for this film I was like “This could either be decent or crappy.” I didn’t have much expectation for this film, I am glad to say I was wrong about it.
So the story goes like this: After watching their respective partners die, a New Orleans hitman (Stallone) teams up with a Washington D.C. detective (Kang) in order to bring down their common enemy. I thought the story was alright, I like how Jimmy and Taylor’s different situations eventually crossed over and how they had to work together to find the people responsible for the death of their partners. Sure it’s a bit cliché when some elements like revenge or the damsel in distress come into play and some of the dialogue and acting is a bit questionable too. However the film’s story survives thanks to the right tone of seriousness and humour that comes from Jimmy and Taylor’s words and actions.
Then there’s the characters or Bullet to the Head which in truth aren’t all that interesting as you’ll only remember two or three people. Firstly there’s Sylvester Stallone as Jimmy Bobo… Wait. Jimmy Bobo? Wtf? What kind of name is that? All I can say is that Jimmy Bobo must be one of the worst names I have heard for any person in a long time. Anyway moving on. I liked Jimmy, he was a no-nonsense kind of guy that didn’t shit from anyone, had a way with words and knew how to throw down. Sylvester Stallone is one of those guys who never stops moving and shows that if you’re in the right condition, you can still be kickin’ people’s arses in your 60s! Stallone was great in this film and I had a fun time watching him beat the crap out of people.
Sung Kang as Detective Taylor Kwon was decent. His character was very by the books; he tries to enforce the law and makes assumptions about things because he thinks he’s right. However his plans or action don’t quite work out a lot of the time which leads him into some dangerous situations. Taylor Kwon was alright as a character but I only really cared about him when he was with Jimmy. There there’s Jason Momoa as Keegan, he was just a straight-faced thug who is a little smug and likes to go around and kill people. At first I thought his character was very generic and boring, that was until he started talking and actually shocked some intellect. Momoa made for a pretty decent villain, he was just this killing machine with a dodgy look on his face and he was a good challenge for Stallone too. And then there’s Christian Slater as Marcus Baptiste. I haven’t seen Slater in many films for years and while I liked his small role in this film he was a bit of a throwaway character. Sarah Shahi as Lisa Bobo was hot but not very interesting as Jimmy’s daughter and as for Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Morel he was cool, I love to see this guy in films because he plays a lot of dodgy characters and here was no different.
When it comes to the presentation of this film it’s pretty good and when I say it’s pretty good I’m referring to the action scenes, gun fights and hand-to-hand combat. This film is all about the violence. So many people get shot, stabbed and beaten to death (or to the point of immobilization), and while it’s normally Jimmy dishing out most of the pain Keegan also causes some havoc and leaves a decent body count by the end of the film. And speaking of those characters the fight between Jimmy and Keegan was awesome; it was nicely paced, hard-hitting and displayed good uses of axes! One other thing to note is that most of the people that get shot really do get shot up pretty bad, there’s a good number of headshots delivered (damn some of these guys have damn good aim!). The only issue with the presentation was in some fights the camera was too close to the action which made it hard to see what was going on and disrupted your view.
So in conclusion Bullet to the Head was a lot of fun and way better than I expected it to be. As an action junkie this film ticked all the right boxed for me, while the story and dialogue are okay at best, there is enough action to go around to make up for the films weaknesses. This is the kind of film I wanted The Last Stand to be and I have to say I enjoyed Stallone’s latest film more than Schwarzenegger’s film. I feel like if this film had more thriller elements and a better script then it would have fared better, but I’d recommend this film just to see Stallone in action, after all these years he’s still a badass and know how to entertain his audience! 🙂
So what did you think of Bullet to the Head? Did you like it or hate it? And which do you like better, this film or The Last Stand? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! 😀