Bullet to the Head

Theatrical Release: February 1, 2013
Bullet to the Head


Based on a graphic novel, “Bullet to the Head” also tells the story of a New Orleans hitman (Stallone) and a New York City cop who form an alliance to bring down the killers of their respective partners.

Dove Review

This movie is based on a graphic novel. Maybe that’s why the violence is “graphic”. Several characters are shot in…well, the head, just as the title implies. There is a lot of violence in this movie as one would suspect. There are shootings, fights, shootings, explosions, shootings, corpses seen opened up during autopsies and oh, did I say shootings?

It’s too bad because Stallone, as Jimmy Bonomo, and Sung Kang as Taylor Kwon really have chemistry as a hitman and cop who work for the same goal, to bring down some bad guys, one that killed Stallone’s partner. Taylor Kwon is a serious “by the book” cop and he is a funny contrast to Stallone’s “I don’t give a rip” attitude. There are several funny moments between the two. And although they are on opposing sides when Taylor meets Jimmy’s daughter, Lisa (Sarah Shahi), there is chemistry between the two of them as well which sets up some interesting moments in the film. Stallone gives a very good, laid-back and subtle performance in the movie.

James Momoa plays a real nasty villain named Keegan and the audience will be rooting for him to get his comeuppance. A showdown between Jimmy and Keegan takes place in which axes are used. Unfortunately, the strong language and violence prevent us from awarding this movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Sex: A few couples are seen kissing and making out at a party; a few graphic comments and slang about having sex.
Language: GD-1; J-1; F-28 (two times used sexually); Sexual slang for having sex-1; S-12; A-6; Slang for male genitals-1; Crap-2; D-1; SOB-1; B-1; P-2
Violence: A ton of violence including many characters shot in the head and bullet holes seen; spurting and flying blood as characters are killed; explosions; fights including punching and kicking; an autopsy in which a few bodies are cut open and bloody insides are plainly seen; a shot man is stitched up on screen; a character rams a man with his car and it is graphic.
Drugs: Several drinking scenes and bar scenes; strong alcohol such as whiskey and beer and wine and champagne is consumed; man is seen sniffing cocaine.
Nudity: Topless women are seen at a party and a woman is topless in the shower; rear female nudity; cleavage; shirtless males; man seen in boxers; topless women and women in bikinis seen as tattoos at a tattoo parlor.
Other: Disobeying the law and an attitude by a character toward cops; underground criminals.


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Alessandro Camon & Alexis Nolent
Director: Walter Hill
Producer: Alfred Gough
Genre: Action
Runtime: 91 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter