‘Bullet to the Head’ International Trailer: Fewer Jokes, More Action

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Six years ago, Sylvester Stallone retired his career-defining screen personas Rocky Balboa and Rambo, via send-off films named after each respective character (though, he continues to talk about Rambo 5 on-and-off). Sly went on to find success teaming with his fellow aging muscleheads in the Expendables franchise, but next year’s Bullet to the Head will test the 66-year-old’s ability to carry an action-thriller on his own.

The Bullet to the Head trailer verged on self-parody, but the international promo drops some of the self-effacing humor and more footage featuring Sly killing people, stuff blowing up, and the adrenaline-fueled axe fight between Stallone and Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones). It doesn’t make the film appear to have much personality, but it’s certainly flashy.

Bullet to the Head is based on Alexis Nolent’s Headshot graphic novel series (first published in 2004), but the story is ripped right from the buddy-action genre that director Walter Hill (48 Hours, Red Heat) and Sly specialized a couple decades ago. The film revolves around New Orleans hitman Jimmy Bobo (Stallone) as he prepares for retirement, when his partner is murdered and daughter kidnapped by criminals whose boss (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) wants revenge against Jimmy for taking out several of his men.

Sung Kang (Fast Five) plays the out-of-town cop whose partner was killed by the same thugs, providing a convenient excuse for him and Sly to form a volatile alliance against their common enemies. Bullet to the Head appears to be posing Kang as the younger, hipper, law-abiding cop opposite Sly’s older, trigger-happy, killer for hire – so, hopefully, you’re a fan of old man jokes (or cracks about modern music) in your action movies.

bullet to the head international trailer Bullet to the Head International Trailer: Fewer Jokes, More Action

Sly drinking Bulleit Bourbon – get it?

Stallone’s latest action flick seems less self-aware than Expendables 2, though the latter’s tongue-in-cheek manner was its saving grace. Not to mention, Hill hasn’t helmed a film since Undisputed in 2002 and, at one point, there were rumors that an early cut was so cluttered that Sly had to step in and taking over the editing process (though, those claims have since been shot down – no pun intended).

Hopefully, though, Bullet will prove to be good, cheesy, fun and offer more reason to be excited about Sly’s upcoming non-Expendables titles, such as the recently-announced Hunter. If not, though, Stallone will get a second shot (again, no pun) in the second half of 2013, when he re-teams with Arnold Schwarzenegger for the prison escape thriller The Tomb.

Look for Bullet to the Head to reach theaters on February 1st, 2013.

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Source: MSN

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  1. Does anyone else get that “MADE FOR TV” feeling when they watch this trailer? Like it’s an FX series or something

  2. looks entertaining enough. might check it out on dvd depending on the reviews

  3. hate it when they show the end ‘boss’ fight by showing it in the trailers >:( ruins the excitement and anticipation for the big end battle :(

    anyone notice the continuity error where his short shorts change colour from black (when he stomps the guy) to blue (when he’s holding the gun to shoot) ? :D

    • Dude, it’s a trailer. They use bits from all over the movie. It might have been a shot from a different part of the movie.

  4. I couldn’t even be bothered to finish the trailer. No way I will be able to sit through the movie. I’ve outgrown these formulaic and childish action movies. I’m surprised Stallone hasn’t.

  5. Looks good. I’ll give it a try. At least it’s not Taken. lol.

  6. when will you people going to stop tolerating Stallones s***?
    he is a corpse he needs to stop making this crappy movies and retire…

    • you dont have to watch them if you dont like them.

    • he pays the bills like everyone else, the mans gotta eat

  7. What type of movie do people want Stallone to make?

    Can’t really see him in Shakespeare or a romantic comedy, he would destroy Jennifer Anniston!!

    Maybe he should go down the Adam Sandler route?

    Sly and Sylvia? Stallone plays twins, one boy, one girl, hilarity ensues!

  8. Look, these flicks are simply for those of us who want to get out for the night, turn off our brains and watch stuff go boom!

    If you want “Like Water for Chocolate” or “The Notebook” watch them on demand and leave the theater to us cavemen.

    • Agreed!!

  9. I was looking forward to this when it still starred Thomas Jane, and not some random ethnic dude.