If seeing one 80s action hero wasn’t enough for you today, another comes along with enough sweat, muscle and bad one liners you’d think George Michael was still with Wham! and has hair. But it isn’t the 80s – it’s the 21st Century and Sylvester Stallone doesn’t look like he wants to retire anytime soon.
The story – adapted from Alexis Nolent’s French graphic novel Du Plomb Dans La Tete – is about Jimmy Bob (Stallone), a New Orleans hitman who’s not happy about his partner getting killed by bad guy Keegan (Jason Momoa). After promising his daughter Lisa (Sarah Shahi) to give up the profession when he’s done with Keegan, Jimmy teams up with Cop Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang) who also wants Keegan… only not with his head on a platter like Jimmy does. Highlights include a cameo from Christian Slater being shot (maybe!), Sly standing up against giant Momoa and a heck of a lot fist fights, explosions and gun fire. Lest not forget plenty of 80s inspired quips. Nice.
In terms of tone, it’s a little darker than Schwarzenegger’s new movie The Last Stand as the trailer shows it’s a fusion of high octane action found in Fast Five with the vengeful tone of Rambo – although that’s probably because it contains the stars from both franchises. In truth, production has been tempestuous with Walter Hill, who took the director’s chair and co-wrote the film, having trouble in the editing suite and pushing the release date back to 2013 when production started in the summer of 2011. And while Sly is only taking the acting credit in this movie, he’s clearly been influential with how the final product will look. All in all, it’s seems an interesting film but unlikely to be nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards. But then pop corn movies rarely are.
Bang. Down. Owned. The best thing to compete against Phones-For-You motto.
Bullet to the Head will star Sylvester Stallone, Jason Momoa, Sarah Shahi, Sung Kang, Christian Slater and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje – and will be released hopefully sometime in 2013