Bullet To the Head: Stop! Or Sly Will Shoot

by Ethan Alter February 1, 2013 6:01 am
<i>Bullet To the Head</i>: Stop! Or Sly Will Shoot

Leave it to a pair of old pros to teach all those young whippersnappers out there how to make a crude, violent, racist, exploitative, T&A-filled and altogether brainless action movie. Dumb as a bag of rocks and as blunt as a... well, a bullet to the head, Bullet To the Head brings director Walter Hill and star Sylvester Stallone together for the first time in their respective careers. It proves to be a fruitful collaboration, with the two of them bringing out the best in each other. Now, that's not to say that movie itself is any good, because it's not... at least, not in the typical definition of "good" where elements like storytelling, character development and thematic subtleties are taken into account. No, this particular brand of "good" is more sensory in nature; while watching Bullet To the Head you're acutely aware of how stupid and pointless the whole enterprise, yet at the same time the movie successfully delivers a steady stream of short, sharp shocks to your system that keep you engaged. Put another way, it's bad, but it's never, ever boring.

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