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.
- 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
- 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.'"
- Lightning Bruiser: Keegan is extremely fast and agile, in addition to being impressively strong.
- Made of Iron: Keegan. Gets stabbed in the throat and still very nearly kills 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.
- Papa Wolf/Overprotective Dad: Touch Jimmy Bobo's daughter and he will end you.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Most of the Mooks are shot repeatably, and there is also Bobo's way of explosions.
- 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 this way.
- 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.