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Bullet to the Head (2012)

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After watching their respective partners die, a New Orleans hitman and a Washington, D.C. detective form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy.

Director:

Walter Hill

Writers:

Alessandro Camon (screenplay by), Alexis Nolent (based on the graphic novel "Du plomb dans la tête" written by) (as Matz) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... James Bonomo
Sung Kang ... Taylor Kwon
Sarah Shahi ... Lisa
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Robert Nkomo Morel
Jason Momoa ... Keegan
Christian Slater ... Marcus Baptiste
Jon Seda ... Louis Blanchard
Holt McCallany ... Hank Greely
Brian Van Holt ... Ronnie Earl
Weronika Rosati ... Lola
Dane Rhodes ... LT. Lebreton
Marcus Lyle Brown ... Detective Towne
Andrew Austin-Peterson Andrew Austin-Peterson ... Crawfish Hollow Band
Paul Etheredge Paul Etheredge ... Crawfish Hollow Band
Robert Cavan Carruth Robert Cavan Carruth ... Crawfish Hollow Band
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Storyline

In New Orleans, the hit men James Bonomo, a.k.a. Jimmy Bobo, and Louis Blanchard execute the dirty cop Hank Greely in a hotel room. But they are betrayed and Louis is stabbed in a bar by the mercenary Keegan while waiting for the payment of the contract. Meanwhile the Washington D.C. police detective Taylor Kwon comes to New Orleans to investigate the murder of Greely, who had stolen evidences from the Police Department. Soon he is shot by two dirty detectives but Jimmy saves his life. Jimmy brings Taylor to the shop of his daughter Lisa and she removes the bullet from his shoulder and nurses him. Taylor and Jimmy form the most unlikely partnership to investigate the crimes and after contacting the intermediate Ronnie Earl that had hired Jimmy and Louis, they discover a network of corruption formed by the lawyer Marcus Baptiste and the entrepreneur Robert Nkomo Morel. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Revenge never gets old.

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, bloody images, language, some nudity and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Headshot See more »

Filming Locations:

Kenner, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,548,201, 3 February 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,483,821, 10 March 2013
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Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Walter Hill said the film would be called a "buddy movie" but that he made "anti-buddy movies". See more »

Goofs

When Kwon is recording the conversation of the bad guys talking, the cellphone display shows that it is charging. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
James Bonomo: The guy I just saved is a cop. That's not the usual way I do things, but sometimes you gotta abandon your principles and do what's right.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, an animated flying bullet destroys the logos of the various production companies. See more »

Connections

Featured in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #20.76 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

J'Etais Au Bal
Produced by Jay Weigel
Arranged by Louis Michot and Jay Weigel
Performed by The Lost Bayou Ramblers
Courtesy of OTUT Publishing and Carondelet Music Group,LLC
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Fantastic action movie
5 February 2013 | by TdSmth5See all my reviews

Sly is part of a hit-man team. Their latest job is to kill some guy who's at a hotel with a prostitute. They kill the guy and uncharacteristically let the girl live. Later at a bar his partner is killed and Sly barely survives.

An Asian detective, Kwon, is investigating the dead guy and travels to New Orleans. Magically Kwon, upon seeing the corpse of Sly's partner in the morgue next to the other guy's corpse has an inkling the two deaths are related. He connects the dots and meets Sly. When Sly saves his life they reluctantly partner up. Kwon likes doing things by the book. Sly being the seasoned criminal does things differently, that is, brutally but effectively.

They slowly start following the trail of one bad guy after another. There's the guy who hired Sly's team. The guy behind him, some big shot who organizes an extravagant party and is kidnapped by Sly and Kwon. Then there's the big bad businessman who has real estate plans for New Orleans and has politicians and cops on his payroll. He also has special ops guys as his security staff. One of them is Momoa (the only actor with weirder eyebrows than Sly), who killed Sly's partner and now has kidnapped Sly's daughter, played by the lovely Sarah Shahi.

Bullet to the head is an exhilarating old-fashioned action movie. It has a great setting- New Orleans, great music, a good story and an outstanding cast. It wonderfully violent with plenty of bullets to the head, fist fights, explosions, has some nudity and characters to care about. This is the kind of movie The Expendables should be. They need to hire Walter Hill to direct Expendables 3. This guy knows how to direct an action movie. Bullet to the Head is a fun and intense action movie the likes we haven't seen in a while.


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