Bullet to the Head - Warner Home Video - Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD
Director: Walter Hill
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, Sarah Shahi, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jason Momoa. Full cast + crew
If the title Bullet to the Head turns you off, then you're not going to be interested in the latest from the director of The Warriors and 48 Hrs. If you're game for the title but expecting a nonstop, action-packed shoot-'em-up, then you're probably going to be a bit disappointed, too. Despite what the title and cover art imply, that's not strictly the case here. Oh, it's violent and vulgar, no doubt, but it's handled with a measure of restraint that's surprising and weirdly pleasant. What action is in there is intense and shocking, and it's peppered between a revenge story that's not particularly compelling, but is just satisfying enough to justify it all.
Special Features: Sadly only a single, nine-minute featurette on the film called Mayhem Inc.
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