Bullet to the
by Tony Medley
violence? I'll give you some violence. I'll give you Bullet to the
Head. That will give you enough violence to last a year.
It is filled
with cold-blooded murders, knifings, and brutal fights.
There is so much
violence that I frankly never saw any plot. Sylvester Stallone plays
Jimmy Bobo, a hitman who teams up with a cop, Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang),
as they both try to revenge the murders of their respective partners. As
plots go, that's not much, but I guess it's enough excuse for violent
Alessandra Camon's script is based on a graphic novel, Du Plomb Dans
La Téte. Graphic novels probably wouldn't exist without violence.
However, Walter Hill directs this with admirable pace and humor. Hill is
no stranger to a witty, cop-criminal film, having directed the classic
48 Hrs. (1982) starring Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte early in his
Shot in and
around New Orleans, the atmospheric locations are part of what sets this
movie a little above the normal action film.
mumbles the lines, but his timing is pretty good and the jokes are well
done. Violent as the film is, the special effects are impressive. Along
those lines, the choreography of an ax fight near the end of the film
between Bobo and Keegan (Jason Momoa), is exceptional by stunt
coordinators JJ Perry and Noon Orsatti. The film is full of stunts and
their quality is what sets this film apart from others in the genre. In
fact, Perry says, "I jumped at the opportunity to work with Walter Hill
because he is one of my heroes. It was he – and directors like him in
the 80s – who pushed the action wave that stunt men like me are still
riding. We're all indebted to him."
contains a fine cast. In addition to Momoa, who is frightening as the
brutal killer, it includes Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who plays the
ruthless crime boss Robert Nkomo Morel, and Christian Slater, who plays
Baptiste, a shady lawyer.
Even though the
film is entertaining, there is far too much violence. Films this violent
are destructive to society. As I've said many times in the past, when
films show such graphic displays of violence with little physical or
emotional consequence to the protagonists, it desensitizes the audience.
Movies like this must bear their fair share of the blame for violent
acts that occur in our society.
January 30, 2013