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Bullet to the Head (2012)

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After watching their respective partners die, a New Orleans hitman and a Washington, D.C. detective form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy.

Director:

Walter Hill

Writers:

Alessandro Camon (screenplay by), Alexis Nolent (based on the graphic novel "Du plomb dans la tête" written by) (as Matz) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... James Bonomo
Sung Kang ... Taylor Kwon
Sarah Shahi ... Lisa
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 ... LT. Lebreton
Marcus Lyle Brown ... Detective Towne
Andrew Austin-Peterson Andrew Austin-Peterson ... Crawfish Hollow Band
Paul Etheredge Paul Etheredge ... Crawfish Hollow Band
Robert Cavan Carruth Robert Cavan Carruth ... Crawfish Hollow Band
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Storyline

In New Orleans, the hit men James Bonomo, a.k.a. Jimmy Bobo, and Louis Blanchard execute the dirty cop Hank Greely in a hotel room. But they are betrayed and Louis is stabbed in a bar by the mercenary Keegan while waiting for the payment of the contract. Meanwhile the Washington D.C. police detective Taylor Kwon comes to New Orleans to investigate the murder of Greely, who had stolen evidences from the Police Department. Soon he is shot by two dirty detectives but Jimmy saves his life. Jimmy brings Taylor to the shop of his daughter Lisa and she removes the bullet from his shoulder and nurses him. Taylor and Jimmy form the most unlikely partnership to investigate the crimes and after contacting the intermediate Ronnie Earl that had hired Jimmy and Louis, they discover a network of corruption formed by the lawyer Marcus Baptiste and the entrepreneur Robert Nkomo Morel. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Revenge never gets old.

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, bloody images, language, some nudity and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Headshot See more »

Filming Locations:

Kenner, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,548,201, 3 February 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,483,821, 10 March 2013
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Walter Hill told Sylvester Stallone "to play things more casually. I wanted him to play his natural personality as much as possible. He's a very engaging guy. I told him, "I'm not interested in you inventing a character as much as imagining yourself as character." He went right with that." See more »

Goofs

The police file shows Bonomo's (Sylvester Stallone) date of birth as April 24, 1962, however, in the beginning when they are showing his mug shots, he has allegedly arrested in Clark County, Nevada on 01/29/1968 and Dade County, Florida on December 20, 1971. In both mug shots, he was clearly an adult, even though by those dates, he would have only been 5 on the date of the first arrest and 9 in the second one. See more »

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[first lines]
James Bonomo: The guy I just saved is a cop. That's not the usual way I do things, but sometimes you gotta abandon your principles and do what's right.
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Stallone is back...unfortunately the script got lost
25 July 2013 | by p-jonssonSee all my reviews

With this movie Stallone is back and in surprisingly good shape. That is a good thing since the enjoyment of this movie is pretty much Stallone and not much else. If you are not a Stallone fan you are most likely not going to enjoy this movie.

I cannot help making a comparison to Arnold Schwarzenegger's comeback movie The Last Stand. These films are quite different in approach. In The Last Stand, Schwarzenegger was playing his age and not trying to be all gung ho "I'm back" and still feel young. The script however was quite okay. I had my reservations about certain parts but at least someone had put some effort into it.

This movie, well Stallone is indeed back and he is truly kicking ass. To my surprise he actually manages to pull it off. I loved every minute of Stallone being on screen. However, for this movie, someone must have misplaced the real script and quickly thrown something together in order to get 90 minutes of screen time for Stallone. The story, well let us just say that I am not impressed. It is pretty much just there in the background to tie together the various action scenes. Not much thought seems to have gone into it. Especially the ending is quite disappointing and seems very rushed.

Some people have complained about the violence. Well, what did you guys expect? It is a Stallone comeback movie. If you are going to be upset about violence then do not watch Stallone movies. Personally I enjoyed the action sequences with Stallone as well as the ones wit he bad guy's hired mercenary. Actually I quite liked this hired mercenary. I made for a suitably impressive adversary. The real bad guys behind him…meh. The black guy was okay(ish) though, at least until the end when it all went a bit silly.

The Korean cop, Taylor Kwon, was mostly just silly and dumb. He constantly screwed up and his silly whispering sessions over the phone where he was unknowingly, since he was so bloody stupid, telling the bad guys everything made me squirm in my chair.

The end? Well that was indeed a bit of a disappointment as I said. Kind of "okay let's quickly get everyone out of the way, as in dead, so that we can get on with the final fight between Stallone and the mercenary". I mean, the bad guy mastermind suddenly turns into a total idiot? Could they not have found some more intelligent way to finish him off? The final axe-fight was somewhat cool though.

Bottom line, I enjoyed the movie quite a lot but that was pretty much only because of Stallone and action sequences. I was quite surprised at how well Stallone managed to make a comeback as an action hero. It is really a shame that quite a few other things where just sloppily done or botched up since this could have been a really great movie. Now it is just good and if you are not a Stallone person then it probably just weighs in as okay or even mediocre.


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