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    Thu, 31 Jan 2013 18:00:06

    "Bullet to the Head" Movie Review — 5 out of 5 stars - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino…

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    When an action movie is done right, there's nothing like it.

    A well-executed action flick can get your blood pumping and heart racing. You'll be quoting its lines for years to come and relaying to your friends how awesome the gunfights, car chases, and fisticuffs were. However, nobody remembers how to make them correctly anymore. Every year, Hollywood blockbusters become more and more like overblown cartoons with all of the requisite grit promptly exorcised and replaced with safe, cookie-cutter PG-13 fluff. Bullet to the Head changes all that.

    A brilliant, bullet-riddled, brutal barrage of R-rated action, the move is Sylvester Stallone at his best. Legendary director Walter Hill certainly hearkens back to the likes of his 48 Hrs. as well as Lethal Weapon and Tango & Cash, but he also imbues a film noir ethos into Stallone's steadfast, unshakably loyal, omerta-upholding hitman Jimmy "Bobo" Bonomo. He knows how to do it better than anybody.

    After carrying out the perfect hit at the start of the story, Stallone watches his partner die at the hands of the brutal killer Keegan, a menacing Jason Momoa. Bobo vows revenge against the larger criminal organization, but he gets help from the unlikeliest of partners, the one honorable cop, Taylor Kwon played by Sung Kang. They make for quite the team, constantly insulting each other with some hilarious ribbing and clashing over how justice should be carried out.

    How justice is carried out is nothing short of thrilling. Stallone engages in some bloody beat-ups and pulse-pounding shootouts. He's still the ultimate badass with his effortless cool and overpowering presence, and this is undoubtedly his best since Demolition Man. He and Kang stand out as the coolest duo since Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, romping around New Orleans and kicking ass amongst crazy Eyes Wide Shut-style parties, swamp compounds, and warehouses.

    Sarah Shahi adds some heart to all the bloodshed as Bobo's daughter and a tattoo artist who stiches up Kwon. Together, they make quite a tough triumvirate. With all of the gunfire and things blowing up, it's the most explosive movie of 2013 and timeless Stallone.

    Pay attention, this is exactly what we need more of. It's escapist action of the highest order with a dynamic heroes worthy of rooting for, why? Because they're real...

    Rick Florino

    Will you be seeing Bullet to the Head on February 1? Check showtimes and tickets at Fandango.com.

    Watch our interviews with director Walter Hill and co-stars Sarah Shahi and Sung Kang here!

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