Bullet to the Head
is a 2013 action film, starring Sylvester Stallone
as hitman Jimmy Bobo and Sung Kang as Detective Taylor Kwon. After their respective partners die, a New Orleans hitman and a Washington D.C. detective form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy.
This film provides examples of:
- An Axe to Grind/Deus Ax Machina: When Keegan and Bobo finally do battle each other, they do it in the manner of Tom Cody and Raven.
Jimmy Bobo: What are we, fuckin' Vikings?
- Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain: Bobo. Depends on your point-of-view.
- Axe Crazy: Keegan, and with a healthy dose of Blood Knight.
- Boom, Headshot: Bobo kills his targets with a bullet to the head, and even talks about the concept with Detective Kwon.
- Keegan did the same with one mook of a rival gang.
- Chekhov's Gun: In form of literal gun. Jimmy managed to unload a mag from the gun of his contact before confronting him. After a tense moment the contact of course goes for his gun and tries to shoot Bobo In the Back. Jimmy instantly presents the mag, dropping the line of bullets, not guns, killing people. Then his own gun jams and he's forced into a brawl with the contact. In the end he collects both the mag and pistol, reloads and instantly shoots the traitor.
- Corrupt Cops: Bobo even lampshades this to Kwon, asking why he was a Detective if he didn't catch this early on.
- The Dragon: Keegan, who's also Dragon-in-Chief to Morel and later ascends.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Bobo may be a killer-for-hire, but he mentions that he refuses to kill women and children.
- Keegan doesn't take it well when Morel considers his deceased comrades expendable.
- Hitman with a Heart: But only for his daughter.
- Interchangeable Asian Cultures:
"So, what are you gonna do? Use your Samurai skills?"
"First of all, I'm not Japanese..I'm KOREAN. That'd be like me telling you 'My favorite kind of Italian food is Tacos.'"
- Lampshade Hanging: The film and it's characters are very self-aware about own cheesiness and different clichés happening all over the place. That's probably its main redeeming factor.
- Let Off by the Detective: In the end, Taylor warms Jimmy that he will arrest him for any future crime and let him go just like that. It's not that Jimmy managed to plow his way through the film, leaving dozens of bodies behind and Taylor watched it all.
- Lightning Bruiser: Keegan is extremely fast and agile, in addition to being impressively strong.
- Jimmy himself is no slouch either, while being suprisingly fast for his size. At least twice his enemies are shocked by his pace.
- Made of Iron: Keegan. Gets stabbed in the throat and still tries to charge Bobo, only being stopped by a shot to the head from Taylor, followed by a few more bullets just to make sure.
- Ms. Fanservice: Sarah Shahi as Lisa.
- My Daughter Is Off Limits: Literally. Bobo warns Kwon about this. Of course, Kwon doesn't listen and begins to see her while rehabing from being shot in the same shoulder that he was shot earlier in the film and Lisa helped in taking out the bullet. Bobo is not amused.
- Non-Action Guy: Kwon, though justified that he was shot in the shoulder early in the film and has snitches in his arm that would break easily.
- Lisa, Jimmy's daughter, who isn't much of a fighter given she works as a tattoo artist, but makes up for it by being a medic. When Keegan shows for her, she puts a legitimate, if doomed, resistance.
- Old Cop, Young Cop: All pieces are in the place. Jimmy is older, more experienced and bitter. Taylor is younger, by-the-book and better with new technologies. Only that Bobo is a professional killer.
- Open Heart Dentistry: Lisa removed a bullet from Taylor's arm and patched it up. Quite a feat for someone who was in med school for a year or something. Or as she notes maybe she got a better hang of it each time her father brings someone to patch up.
- Papa Wolf/Overprotective Dad: Touch Jimmy Bobo's daughter and he will end you.
- Professional Killer: Jimmy, who openly declares that it's his job and he does it for living, whenever people like it or not.
- Properly Paranoid: Jimmy put explosives under his own hideout, just in case he ever needed to blow it up.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Louis, We Hardly Knew Ye. Yet his death is enough to keep sizable part of the plot going.
- Stuff Blowing Up: If there is an explosion, it's either spectacular or will trigger another one, while being spectacular.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Most of the Mooks are shot repeatably, and there is also Bobo's way of explosions.
- Undying Loyalty: Most of the time Bobo is avenging his partner, Louis. And trying to get his money back.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: The entire film seems to run on the philosophy of having the main character solve all of his conflicts by killing people. It not always work as intended.
- World of Snark: Jimmy, Taylor and Lisa seem to take part in some competition for more snarks per dialogue. Minor characters also has their moments.
- Worst Aid: Keegan pulled out a knife that Jimmy lodged in his throat. The wound itself was fatat already, but doing so would kill him before he could do anything. Taylor shoot him before Keegan even managed to drop dead.
- You Fight Like a Cow: Keegan mocks and antagonizes Bobo throughout their fight; combined with his various threats towards Lisa, it appears he simply has a taste for psychological warfare.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Morel decides that Bobo and Kwon only made him a favour by kidnapping Baptiste. When he is giving instructions to Mooks, he openly declares that Mr. Baptiste can bite dust in the process of reclaiming his data, since he already helped to make all the important deals and now is nothing more than a liability.