*1/2 (out of four)
Dumb as rocks, thin as paper and dull as scissors, “Bullet to the Head” offers just as much complexity and intelligence as you might expect from a movie called “Bullet to the Head.”
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I’d call the plot of “Bullet to the Head” (adapted by Alessandro Camon from a French graphic novel) “by the numbers” if I thought anyone involved could count. New Orleans hitman James Bonomo, who goes by Jimmy Bobo because no Stallone character would ever be called “James,” teams up with D.C. cop Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang of “Fast Five”) to find out why both of their former partners were killed. Even though everyone knows Jimmy killed Taylor’s partner.
Played with a shocking lack of energy by Kang, Taylor’s an outrageously awful officer. His work doesn’t extend beyond making phone calls to request information about someone or needlessly updating the New Orleans police with information that he already has reason to believe could blow up in his face.
Straightforward to a fault, “Bullet to the Head” has almost the same clichéd corruption as “Broken City” and action that never excites. It also resists moral examination, as Jimmy feels fine as long as he kills people he thinks deserve it. The stripped-down nature of Hill and Stallone’s approach attempts to put grit on something too dumb to be called ordinary, but that's like saying eating two bad cheeseburgers is better than one. In this case, stick with zero.
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