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Bullet to the Head
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Bullet to the Head

Director: Walter Hill, Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, Sarah Shahi

Cast: Walter Hill, Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, Sarah Shahi

 
A cop and a killer forge a shaky partnership to find out who killed their partners in this throwback buddy action flick starring Sylvester Stallone, and directed by vet Walter Hill. Battle-scarred New Orleans hitman James Bonomo (Stallone) and his longtime partner Louis (Jon Seda) have just executed their latest

Overview

A cop and a killer forge a shaky partnership to find out who killed their partners in this throwback buddy action flick starring Sylvester Stallone, and directed by vet Walter Hill. Battle-scarred New Orleans hitman James Bonomo (Stallone) and his longtime partner Louis (Jon Seda) have just executed their latest hit, a cop named Hank Greely (Holt McCallany) when Louis is killed by hulking enforcer Keegan (Jason Momoa) before they can get paid. In the wake of a failed attempt on Bonomo's life as well, Keegan flees the scene, but not before his intended target gets a good look at his face. Meanwhile, Korean NYPD cop Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang) shows up in town determined to find out who killed Greely, his former partner. When Kwon tracks Bonomo down to find out who hired him, both realize that their best hope for catching their respective partners' killers is to team up. Before long, their trail of clues has led them to sleazy lawyer Marcus Baptiste (Christian Slater), who is currently caught up in some shady business dealings with the mysterious and powerful Robert Nkomo Morel (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) that could implicate some serious power players in Washington, D.C. Now each new move that Bonomo and Kwon make could be their last, and as the cop does his best to stay on the right side of the law, the killer uses the only tactics he knows to get results. But even if they manage to get their man, that doesn't change the fact that they'll have to deal with one another once they've taken down their target.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Like a sturdy old pair of boots that still have a few ass kickings left in them, Walter Hill's Bullet to the Head feels comfortable and dependable, but lacks the allure of something brand new and brightly polished. Yes, we've seen all of this done before with more passion, energy, and creativity, but it's still fun to watch the old guard do what they do best -- keep the bullets flying and the bad guys dying while throwing some much appreciated surprises our way -- all in a lean, mean 91 minutes. Battle-scarred New Orleans hitman James Bonomo (Sylvester Stallone) and his longtime partner Louis (Jon Seda) have just completed their most recent assignment, eliminating a cop named Hank Greely (Holt McCallany), when Louis is killed by hulking enforcer Keegan (Jason Momoa) before they can get paid. Soon after, Keegan botches an attempt on Bonomo's life, inadvertently revealing his face to Bonomo in the process. Meanwhile, Korean NYPD cop Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang) shows up in town determined to find out who killed Greely, his former partner. When Kwon tracks Bonomo down to find out who hired him, both men realize that their best hope for catching their respective partners' killers is to team up. Before long, their trail of clues has led them to sleazy lawyer Marcus Baptiste (Christian Slater), who is currently caught up in some shady business dealings with the mysterious and wealthy Robert Nkomo Morel (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) that could implicate some serious power players in Washington, D.C. Now each new move that Bonomo and Kwon make could be their last, and as the cop does his best to stay on the right side of the law, the killer uses the only tactics that he knows get results. But even if they manage to get their man, that doesn't change the fact that they'll have to deal with one another once they've taken down their target. If it wasn't readily apparent from the trite cop-and-killer-team-up-to-achieve-a-common-goal plot, Hill and screenwriter Alessandro Camon aren't exactly looking to reinvent the action genre with Bullet to the Head; they're just looking to tinker with it a bit. True, the same could be said about the endless glut of cheapie action flicks that flood the video market week in and week out, but they don't have half the budget or talent that Hill does, or a legend like Stallone to lead the charge. This late-career effort might be a faint echo of both men's best work, but it's still fun to watch them play. Walk in knowing that there's no possible way Stallone and Kang can share the chemistry of Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in 48 Hrs., and that Hill himself isn't as hungry as he was when his career was in full stride, and you might just find yourself having a good time -- especially once the axes come out. Because much like the ballistic nature of its title, Bullet to the Head never slows down once it's blasted out of the barrel (in fact, the first image that greets us is a bullet speeding right between our eyes). Of course, we have Slater to thank for this, since most of the plot is revealed through interrogations and his only apparent purpose is to show up on cue and snivel out the details. But the truth is that, however unremarkable it is in many respects, Camon's script does maintain an impressive pace and tweaks the patented formula just enough to keep us from tuning out. This is hard-R action done old-school style. If that's your game, then gather up and throw in. The sad fact is that we probably won't be getting too many more of these from Hill or Stallone. They're both being true to their roots and are still masters of their own crafts, and as a result this feels like something we might have seen in an alternate universe's 1986 -- badass bluesy guitar riffs and all.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/16/2013
UPC:
0883929246847
Original Release:
2013
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
14,212

Special Features

Bullet to the head: mayhem inc.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvester Stallone James Bonomo
Sung Kang Taylor Kwon
Sarah Shahi Lisa Bonomo
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Robert Nkomo Morel
Jason Momoa Keegan
Christian Slater Marcus Baptiste
Jon Seda Louis Blanchard
Holt McCallany Hank Greely
Brian Van Holt Ronnie Earl
Weronika Rosati Lola
Dane Rhodes L.T. Lebreton
Marcus Lyle Brown Detective Towne
Andrew Austin-Peterson Crawfish Hollow Band Member
Paul Etheredge Crawfish Hollow Band Member
Robert Cavan Carruth Crawfish Hollow Band Member
Louis Michot Crawfish Hollow Band Member
Andre Michot Crawfish Hollow Band Member
Lacey Minchew Crawfish Hollow Bartender
Dominique Duvernay Waitress
Dana Gourrier Deputy Coroner
Robert Larriviere Forensic Scientist
Don Yesso St. Charles Bartender
Douglas M. Griffin Baby Jack Lemoyne
Tiffany Reiff Tattoo Customer
Jackson Beals French Lick Bartender
Donna Duplantier Newscaster
Andrea Frankle Masseuse
Teri Wyble Belle
Don Tai Kim
Lin Oeding Lee
Milos Milicevic Tall Goon
Kara Bowman Medic

Technical Credits
Walter Hill Director
Lloyd Ahern Cinematographer
Jessica Alan Co-producer
Tim Alverson Editor
Aaron Auch Co-producer
Stuart M. Besser Executive Producer
Alessandro Camon Screenwriter
Toby Corbett Production Designer
Kelly Curley Art Director
Dane A. Davis Sound/Sound Designer
Robert J. Dohrmann Co-producer
Scott Eddo Makeup
Stuart Ford Executive Producer
Alfred Gough Producer
Venus Kanani Casting
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones Executive Producer
Dave Kelsey Set Decoration/Design
Dave Kelsey Set Decoration/Design
Kevin King-Templeton Producer
Robert La Bonge Cinematographer
Eric Ledet Sound Mixer
Steve Mazzaro Score Composer
Alexandra Milchan Producer
Milos Milicevic Asst. Director
Miles Millar Producer
Deepak Nayar Executive Producer
Ha Nguyen Costumes/Costume Designer
Lee Orloff Sound Mixer
Steve Richards Executive Producer
Joel Silver Executive Producer
Courtney Solomon Executive Producer
Steven Squillante Executive Producer
Aimee Stuit Makeup
Paul B. Uddo Asst. Director
Mary Vernieu Casting
Allan Zeman Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bullet to the Head
1. Chapter 1 [10:52]
2. Chapter 2 [8:57]
3. Chapter 3 [9:55]
4. Chapter 4 [10:09]
5. Chapter 5 [9:45]
6. Chapter 6 [10:30]
7. Chapter 7 [9:08]
8. Chapter 8 [8:13]
9. Chapter 9 [8:49]
10. Chapter 10 [5:14]

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