When hitman Jimmy Bobo sees his partner killed, he is determined to track down the perpetrators. He forms an uneasy alliance with Taylor Kwon, a detective from Washington who is investigating the assassination. The pair both want to get to the bottom of the case, but have different ideas about delivering justice…
Walter Hill’s Bullet to the Head features a very flimsy plot. Really it is an excuse for lead Sylvester Stallone to go around fighting people. The basis of the story is a befuddled corruption premise with a few minor twists. The film offers nothing particularly interesting or different.
Notwithstanding, Bullet to the Head does not drag. The film moves along at an appropriate pace, with the investigating ‘downtime’ often interspersed with action sequences. There is some comedy in Walter Hill’s film, but perhaps more unintentional humour.
The odd couple pairing of Bobo and Kwon lacks chemistry. It is quite difficult to care about these one-dimensional characters. Likewise, the villains are caricatures; seemingly a deliberate poor match for the abilities of the protagonists.
The film offers nothing to stretch Sylvester Stallone. It is rather sad to see Christian Slater reduced to the kind of role afforded to him by Bullet to the Head. Jason Momoa is akin to cardboard; he does not appear to convey a single emotion.
Bullet to the Head is by no means an action classic. Forgettable, but passable at the time of viewing.