It wouldn't be a surprise if you hadn't heard about Sylvester Stallone's latest film Bullet To The Head. Despite the reported $US55 million budget its marketing was almost non-existent and as a result (and perhaps due to the quality of the film too) the film struggled to around $US20 million at the box office around the globe. Certainly a far cry from the success which Stallone (and friends) have had with The Expendables films.
When their respective partners are viciously murdered, a New Orleans hitman James Bonomo (Sylvester Stallone) and a young Washington DC cop (Sung Kang) put aside their differences and realise that their best hope for exacting revenge is to team up. This high stakes investigation takes the unlikely duo from the back alleys of New Orleans all the way to the city's most powerful and dangerous corridors, where each move could be their last.
Perhaps Walter Hill should have re-sharpened the pencil and done a bit more rewriting of the script (he has written many films he has directed and produced including Aliens) - the writing that he and Stallone did here wasn't enough to elevate the script and story to something great despite being based on the popular French graphic novel Du Plomb Dans La Tete by Alexis Nolent.
Sung Kang, who most would know best as Han from the Fast & Furious franchise is pretty impressive as Detective Taylor Kwon in the film and brings a bit of life to his role while Sarah Shahi is fun as James' tattoo artist daughter Lisa and Christian Slater, who never seems to age we might add, adds some flare as Marcus. Finally, keep an eye out for Jason Mamoa (who many would know as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones) who plays a pretty vicious hitman in the film. Perhaps the greatest thing about this film is that the main characters aren't black or white, they aren't good or evil, there are shades of gray here.
Bullet To The Head is a largely forgettable buddy action film that struggles to hit the high marks that the director and stars have hit in the past. If you're a fan of Stallone then it's probably worth checking out, if only once.
Presented in the films original 1.85:1 aspect ratio Bullet To The Head is a fairly solid, but never overly impressive looking release. Encoded in the AVC MPEG-4 codec the film has many dark scenes which are handled quite well with a retention of fine detail from start to finish. It's not the glossiest looking film, nor is it meant to be, but it has certainly been well shot. The upgrade from DVD to Blu-Ray quality is certainly noticeable.
The film includes a single subtitle track, an English Subtitle for the Hearing Impaired track which, from our various samples throughout the film are accurate to the on-screen dialogue.
Sadly - well depending on your opinion of the movie really - the Blu-Ray disc for Bullet To The Head is absolutely devoid of any extras at all. Actually the disc does contain a DTS-HD Master Audio sound check which is for 5.1 or 7.1 setups - makes me think we're missing a 7.1 soundtrack on the film though.
Review By: Dave Warner