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.