Bullet to the Head (2012)

This movie is based on the French graphic novel Du Plomb Dans La Tete, which was written by Matz and illustrated by Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper artist Colin Wilson. Directed by Walter Hill, it was Stallone’s worst performing movie in 32 years. I avoided this movie for some time, but I ended up enjoying it.

New Orleans is the home to hitman Jimmy Bobo (Stallone), who brings his partner Louis Blanchard to kill a corrupt cop named Hank Greely (Holt McCallany, Mindhunter). For some reason, Jimmy leaves the prostitute in the room alive.

Not much later, Blanchard is killed by Keegan (Jason Momoa), a rival hitman. That’s when Detective Taylor Kwon (Han from The Fast and the Furious) comes to town looking for the killer of his partner. It turns out that there’s a conspiracy between Robert Nkomo Morel (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Killer Croc from Suicide Squad) and his lawyer Marcus Baptiste (Christian Slater) and a bunch of crooked cops.

Bobo and Kwon end up having to work together, and much like Tango & Cash, Stallone’s partner falls for a member of the family, this time Bono’s tattooist daughter Lisa.

I love Walter Hill’s films like Streets of Fire and The Warriors. This is not even in the same orbit as those films, but it’s not as bad as its been made out to be. There’s plenty of gunplay and mayhem, but if you’re going to go with a Stallone gunplay movie, I’d advise Cobra.

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