This week, I saw the new Sylvester Stallone film “Bullet to the Head.”
I had interest in this movie because it seemed to be a good, action-packed viewing I wouldn’t have to spend too much time trying to understand after a long day.
Well, it was and it wasn’t.
True to my previous Stallone experiences (namely, “The Expendables”), there was no shortage of fighting, vaguely-morally driven violence and explosions — all of which are right up my movie-watching alley.
However, “Bullet to the Head” did try to incorporate a viable plot involving politicians and government grants, the exposition of which came at breakneck speed and random moments. It made it difficult for me to keep up with who was who and what their motives were until the very end of the movie. Fortunately, not quite understanding didn’t really take away from the explodey-shooting action experience.
While Stallone’s performance was good, I was surprised to recognize another face in the cast: Jason Momoa, or, in my head, Kahl Drogo, the Dothraki leader from the first season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
Momoa plays Keegan, one of the crew of “bad guys” Stallone faces. The burly, half-Hawaiian actor, according to the Internet Movie Database, has a history of playing characters identified by their brawn. He made an intriguing antagonist for Stallone.
The start of the final showdown between the two, however, made me laugh.
As revealed in the trailers for “Bullet,” the two go at each other wielding axes.
Momoa appeared to have taken lessons from last summer’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” movie, swirling the tool-turned-weapon around in what was probably meant to be intimidating. From my stance, Stallone’s character could have taken that moment to knock Momoa’s axe out of his hand and end the showdown early. But I know little of axe fighting and am aware it made for a much better scene the way it was presented.
All in all, “Bullet to the Head” is a good way to spend an hour and 40 minutes in the theater if you’re a fan of action, but I don’t imagine I’ll buy it when it’s released on DVD.
“Bullet to the Head” is rated R for violence, bloody images, language, some nudity and brief drug use.