Bullet to the Head

  • Review Date: January 29, 2013
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 91 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Over-the-top violence, nudity, drugs in dark Stallone movie.
  • Review Date: January 29, 2013
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 91 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The characters use violence as a response for nearly every situation, and when they try to use their heads, things tend to not work out. Hence, they learn that violence (or threats) is usually the "better" solution to any problem.

Positive role models

Though the cop character slowly learns that the underworld way of doing things is more effective than following the rules, at least he and a double-crossed hit man learn to work together, more or less. There are a few culturally-charged jokes: The hit man throws any number of Asian stereotype jokes at the Korean cop.

Violence

The over-the-top, wall-to-wall violence in Bullet to the Head is of the extra-noisy, extra-bloody type, with almost constant fighting, chasing, shooting, stabbing, and explosions. True to the title, characters are shot in the head. In the big showdown, characters fight with axes. There's a brief but bloody autopsy scene. Nearly everyone gets shot or beat up, and many, many minor and supporting characters die. A woman is kidnapped and treated roughly.

Sex

A prostitute is shown taking a shower; one breast and her naked bottom are shown. At a fancy, crowded party, several masked women walk around topless. The female lead is shown just out of a shower, her bottom on display and very briefly topless before covering up with a towel. There's also some quick, spoken innuendo in one or two scenes.

Language

Language isn't constant but includes several uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "prick," "ass," "piss," "a--hole," "son of a bitch," "crap," "damn," "goddamn," and "bitch."

Consumerism

Google is mentioned in one scene, and Band-Aids and Blow Pops are mentioned in another. The main character drinks a specific brand of whisky, Bulleit Bourbon, which he asks for by name several times and shows in one or two scenes.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A minor character is shown drinking and snorting cocaine in a hotel room. Most other characters are shown drinking in bars at some point -- mostly beer and/or a certain brand of bourbon/whisky.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bullet to the Head is the first teaming of legendary action director Walter Hill and legendary action star Sylvester Stallone. The result is extremely violent in an over-the-top way, with wall-to-wall, extra-noisy, extra-bloody shooting, fighting, stabbing, and explosions. There's also nudity (mostly topless women) in a few scenes, and language is strong, with several uses of "f--k" and "s--t." Characters drink in bars, and a minor character snorts cocaine in one scene. Though the movie isn't realistic, it's still very intense overall and isn't recommended for anyone but the most mature teens and up.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Jimmy Bobo (Sylvester Stallone) and his partner, Louis (Jon Seda), are hit men working in New Orleans. After the pair pulls off their latest job -- killing a crooked ex-cop -- Louis is stabbed to death in a bar. New-in-town police detective Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang) believes there's a connection between the two bodies. He tracks Jimmy down and offers to work with him to find the men responsible for killing Louis. Unfortunately, the corruption goes up high, involving a deadly killer (Jason Momoa), a slick lawyer (Christian Slater), and an evil developer (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). Things get even more personal when the bad guys kidnap Jimmy's pretty tattoo-artist daughter (Sarah Shahi). Can Jimmy and Taylor survive the inevitable, violent showdown?

Is it any good?

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Director Walter Hill (The Warriors) is an old-school legend, a maker of rough-and-tumble, tough-guy action movies and genre pictures, usually involving cops, criminals, boxers, soldiers, and cowboys. In his first teaming with Stallone, the tone of the filmmaking comes to match that of the main character: jaded, grim, and ruthless. BULLET TO THE HEAD's strength is certainly not in the writing. Nothing in this story feels fresh, and it falls back on clumsy exposition, questionable morals, bad cross-cultural jokes, and general sloppiness.

Conversely, the movie's pleasures (for mature action aficionados, anyway) are purely visual: The violence is outrageous, extra noisy, and extra bloody. Wild parties are filled with crazy costumes, topless women, and heavy drinking, and characters come with tattoos and walking sticks. Fights take place in empty warehouses, bathhouses, and bars. Through it all, Hill knows exactly how to pace the movie for maximum visceral punch. It's a throwback to old-fashioned pulp filmmaking, and it works.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Bullet to the Head's violence. Does the fact that it's clearly over the top affect its impact? How would the movie have been different with less violence?

  • What's appealing about a hit man as a main character? How can we like or identify with someone who breaks the law and solves his problems with violence?

  • What stereotypes come up in the movie between the two main characters? How do the characters deal with them?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 1, 2013
DVD release date:July 16, 2013
Cast:Jason Momoa, Sung Kang, Sylvester Stallone
Director:Walter Hill
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Action/Adventure
Run time:91 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong violence, bloody images, language, some nudity and brief drug use

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Teen, 15 years old Written byAliphulupus February 4, 2013
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17
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Violent but awesome

This movie is very good but has tons of blood/gore, nudity and some drinking and drugs. You see shirtless women and some scenes they arnt even wearing pants. Lots of splattering blood. I dont know why but where i live they rated this 14a. Overall really good movie.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byjoshua martinez March 3, 2013
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17
QUALITY
 

17 and up.

this action/adventure movie Bullet to the Head stars with Sylvester Stallone from the rambo movies is a great action movie filled with non-stop violence only for adults and parents beware that this movie Bullet to the Head has a lot of non-stop bloody intense violence and the body count is over the top filled with lots of shootings and stabbings there is no sex scenes shown but expect lot's of nudity shown on screen and there is some social drinking shown such as beer and bourbon/whisky.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byYldnole February 8, 2013
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17
QUALITY
 

Walter Hill...Really?

Had potential to be so much better....Walter Hill....Really? Better off waiting for pay per view...thank God it was less than 2 hours...overall above average.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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