‘Bullet to the Head’ Trailer: Sly Stallone is a People (Killing) Person

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 20th, 2012 at 2:09 pm,

The Expendables 2 opens in theaters today, and brings with it trailers for two upcoming movies that are keeping the male-pattern badness tradition alive (as Sylvester Stallone puts it). One is The Last Stand with Arnold Schwarzenegger (watch the trailer), and the other is Bullet to the Head, starring Sly as aging New Orleans hitman Jimmy Bobo, who’s out for revenge after his partner is murdered.

Jimmy gets an unexpected helping hand from New York cop Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang), whose own partner was killed by the same thugs. The two eventually form an uneasy alliance, as you can see from the Bullet to the Head trailer.

Bullet to the Head is based on Alexis Nolent’s graphic novel “Du Plomb Dans La Tete” (Headshot) from the mid-2000s, but the film adaptation has a pronounced 1980s buddy-cop vibe. You can chalk up part of that to Sly’s influence, but the main creative contributor responsible for that is co-writer/director Walter Hill – who was also behind such action-comedy titles as 48 Hours and Red Heat, which helped to define the mistmatched buddy sub-genre some 2-3 decades ago.

Thomas Jane (The Punisher) was originally eyed for Kang’s role, but was passed over when producer Joel Silver (Lethal Weapon) instead pushed for a multi-racial, multi-generational, pairing along the lines of Mel Gibson/Danny Glover and Eddie Murphy/Nick Nolte. That paved the way for most of the jokes featured in the Bullet to the Head trailer, such as when Jimmy makes a crack about Taylor pulling out some moves “from the homeland” – while the latter pokes fun at his partner’s outdated catch-phrases and musical preferences.

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Sylvester Stallone in 'Bullet to the Head'

The trailer suggests Stallone’s Bullet to the Head plays with classic action movie tropes, but minus the enthusiasm and self-awareness that Schwarzenegger’s Last Stand embraces its existence as a throwback to machismo flicks from the 1990s with. Moreover, Sly is still up for grueling stunts and rigorous fight scenes (see: his axe duel with Jason Momoa), but doesn’t shy away from the occasional old man joke. That’s to say: Bullet to the Head might not go down as a “classic,” but it seems like decent entertainment.

Rounding out the cast of Bullet to the Head are such people as Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christian Slater, Sarah Shahi (Fairly Legal), Brian Van Holt (Cougar Town), and Jon Seda (Treme). Scripting duties, as mentioned before, were handled by Hill, along with Alessandro Camon (The Messenger).

Bullet to the Head opens in U.S. theaters on February 1st, 2013.


Source: IGN

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  1. this is just pushing it…

    • Sly is bringing us some of the best action movies made to date. This one reminds me of Get Carter but with even more action.

  2. This actually looks pretty good.

  3. This looks pretty good, not as good as The Last Stand, but good nonetheless.

    • Stallone will never be better than Arnold no matter how hard he try…

      • they are both the greatest action stars,not better or worser as one to another. this is a typical-sly actioner and the last stand is a typical schwarzenegger movie. last but not least till now the trailers of both stars look more then bombastic.

  4. Sigh…

  5. i don´t know exactly,but wasn´t there a major spoiler-scene with slater,or it is cut very well for the trailer.

  6. This looks really good.


    • Jason Momoa is fantastic. If hes half as good as he was on Game of Thrones then this movie will be good.

  8. in conan must have played really tall actors with momoa, in this trailer he looks gigantic between the other actors and that sly is not the tallest guy,i think that knows everybody.

  9. Is it just me or Sly’s opening lines of dialogue are awesomely clear? O_o

    Also that last line he says is pretty good.

    • I agree, I understood everything Stallone said. People seem to bash Stallone for his accent but its his trademark and it works. I usually don’t have any trouble with hearing what Stallone is saying.

  10. It looks like a solid action film and there’s nothing wrong with that. People always want to complain that Stallone’s too old, he looks to be in better shape than people half his age, plus he still is willing to do his own stunts. Its like people want to trash Stallone because he’s aged, we all do, get over it. Stallone is a great actor but when he taken roles critics may love they usually don’t do well. Stallone was great in Rocky, Copland, Rambo first blood, and in my opinion his greatest acting came in the form of the 2006 film Rocky Balboa. People want Stallone to do action movies and nothing else and yet complain when he makes fun action films. Stallone it seems can’t win. I for one can’t wait for this and his future films as well and that also go’s for Arnolds upcoming films including The Tomb with Stallone.

  11. I will go see this.


  13. This too me, looked very much like a “Buddy Cop” film except that one of the main charactres isn’t a cop. Its like RUSH HOUR without the bad Rush Hour style of humour.

  14. Cheesy, but i like it.

  15. I smell a franchise!! “Bullet to the Head” “Another bullet to the head” “A head of the Bullet 3D”

  16. chemistry between the 2 mains is really good, sly being the old school wise a** and sung kang being the young wise… a** :P

    seems to me like a generic sly role, but with the addition of some character, be interesting to see what this is rated since it looks like the body count will be pretty high.

    i love how the current gen keeps bashing on these old school style movies acting like they know cinema, just goes to show how up their a**es the internet has gotten ;)

    word of advice kids: if you dont know wtf you’re on about then just stfu and dont comment, b/c it makes you look like a full blown internet junkie that lives life by the internet ;)

  17. It looks like Lincoln has a competitor with that axe-scene :D

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  19. Poor Christian Slater, his characters often get killed.

  20. - you sound like a broken record…they dont even make records anymore
    - can we listen something from this century

    yea sly jokes about his age again – still funny but a few more movies and its getting booring

    even iam form austria i agree that schwarzenegger and sly are both great good old action heros, i dont wanna say one is better than another – they are both bad actors (ok schwarzi did better than expected in twins) but still ti dont want compare those 2

    btw i would love to see schwarzi again – good old 80s man we need em back badly :)))

  21. I actually enjoy a lot of Stallones movies. Tango & Cash, Demolition Man, Rambo, etc… I’m not worried about Oscars or Emmy Awards, I just want to be entertained.

  22. I love how even though Ahnuld and ‘Stlone are doin “aging action hero” movies…they still could kick the grapes off of today’s action pansies. Arnold and Stalone vs. Pitt and Bale…no contest.

    • 1) Sly and Arnold might have the fighting advantage, but I’ll take Pitt and Bale when it comes to acting talent.

      2) Incredible screen name. Possibly the funniest I’ve seen on this site.

  23. Sly is briging us some of the best action movies out there today..

  24. I’m a big fan of Arnold, love his movies and used to train using one of his bodybuilding books. But he never has been as good of an actor as Stallone is. Stallone is definitely the better action star IMO.