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Trailer for Walter Hill's Bullet to the Head starring Sylvester Stallone shoots online

Aug. 17, 2012by: Paul Shirey

If you were overwhelmed with excitement after seeing Schwarzenegger's trailer for THE LAST STAND today, then get ready for the opposite with director Walter Hill's trailer for BULLET TO THE HEAD.  Starring another member of the Planet Hollywood Action Trio (aka PHAT), Sylvester Stallone, the trailer is an exercise in tired action movie cliches and not in the good way. 

Lower expectations.  Now, hit play:

Seeing this trailer after the one for THE LAST STAND should've caused multiple geekgasm's, instead of letting air out of a balloon.  The dialogue and banter between Stallone and co-star Sung Kang almost hurt my ears, as every line was just one tired joke after another.  It was better in RED HEAT.  Or TANGO AND CASH.  Or even JUDGE DREDD for that matter. 

I'm disappointed overall, but am still going to hold out hope that the action will outweigh...well, everything else. Walter Hill is one of my favorite action directors and he's been gone too long.  I just hope I don't feel like he should've stayed that way after seeing the final film.  Not to end on a downer, let me reiterate that even though this looks like a USA movie of the week, I'm still excited to see these old bastards back on the big screen, for better or for worse.  I look forward to seeing what they do for act three of their careers, as I think there's plenty of life left to bring the goods.

BULLET TO THE HEAD, starring Stallone, Sung Kang, Jason Mamoa, Christian Slater, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Sarah Shahi, hits theaters on February 1, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: So, will the PHAT team go for broke and hit us with a A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD trailer before the weekend is out? We'll see...
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1:05PM on 08/19/2012
Maybe I'm an idiot, but I think this actually looks pretty fun. The trailer didn't seem that bad to me. Certainly not worse than Judge Dredd!
Maybe I'm an idiot, but I think this actually looks pretty fun. The trailer didn't seem that bad to me. Certainly not worse than Judge Dredd!
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2:11AM on 08/19/2012

Badass

is just me or does sly look a bit younger and even more badass than in both the expendables movies? he looked like a tired old lion before but now he's got the eye of the tiger look back.
is just me or does sly look a bit younger and even more badass than in both the expendables movies? he looked like a tired old lion before but now he's got the eye of the tiger look back.
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12:10PM on 08/18/2012

Bring It

We all go to the movies to see films like this because it requires no thinking and time to unwind, drink a soda and eat some popcorn. Thats what this is. This is a guy in his mid 60's who is in better shape than most 20 year olds. He is taking advantage of it and banging out some of his best work since Rocky. I welcome it and will see all of it even if he is still bringing it when he is 90 +!!!
We all go to the movies to see films like this because it requires no thinking and time to unwind, drink a soda and eat some popcorn. Thats what this is. This is a guy in his mid 60's who is in better shape than most 20 year olds. He is taking advantage of it and banging out some of his best work since Rocky. I welcome it and will see all of it even if he is still bringing it when he is 90 +!!!
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11:21AM on 08/18/2012
It doesn't bring a single new thing to the table, but isn't this the shit we all loved growing up? It may have been written using a couple of templates, but whatever. It looks like the perfect thing for a rainy Saturday afternoon while the fiancee is at work.
It doesn't bring a single new thing to the table, but isn't this the shit we all loved growing up? It may have been written using a couple of templates, but whatever. It looks like the perfect thing for a rainy Saturday afternoon while the fiancee is at work.
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2:45AM on 08/18/2012

Thanks to the trailer I just watched the whole movie

Like some people who've rightly pointed out, this does feel like DTV material and (maybe its just me) Sly looks pretty bored here hence the auto-pilot performance I mean, c'mon your daughter's has been kidnapped and he's all like "meh, It aint no thang I'll take names, kick some ass and get her back in one piece.. Hopefully in that order"

I'll make sure I'm smashed to fully enjoy the unintentional humour.
Like some people who've rightly pointed out, this does feel like DTV material and (maybe its just me) Sly looks pretty bored here hence the auto-pilot performance I mean, c'mon your daughter's has been kidnapped and he's all like "meh, It aint no thang I'll take names, kick some ass and get her back in one piece.. Hopefully in that order"

I'll make sure I'm smashed to fully enjoy the unintentional humour.
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1:23AM on 08/18/2012
Not the greatest trailer. But I don't see anything terribly wrong with it. Looks like its got enough action and Walter Hill style charm to carry one through. Hopefully a decent throwback to the buddy action glory days of 48 Hours, Lethal Weapon, Beverly Hills Cop.

Still though, I refuse to see this in theaters on general principle thanks to the shitty way they treated Thomas Jane. Nothing against Sung Kang (that dude's 40?) its all Joel Silver's fault. Fuck him.
Not the greatest trailer. But I don't see anything terribly wrong with it. Looks like its got enough action and Walter Hill style charm to carry one through. Hopefully a decent throwback to the buddy action glory days of 48 Hours, Lethal Weapon, Beverly Hills Cop.

Still though, I refuse to see this in theaters on general principle thanks to the shitty way they treated Thomas Jane. Nothing against Sung Kang (that dude's 40?) its all Joel Silver's fault. Fuck him.
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1:01AM on 08/18/2012
Don't see the problem with the trailer, I'll take this movie over any pointless remakes & dull sequels hollywood throws out every year. The only thing laughable were those tattoos on Sarah Shahi's character.
Don't see the problem with the trailer, I'll take this movie over any pointless remakes & dull sequels hollywood throws out every year. The only thing laughable were those tattoos on Sarah Shahi's character.
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10:50PM on 08/17/2012

Sweetzzz

That looks pretty dope
That looks pretty dope
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7:59PM on 08/17/2012
I'm still trying to figure out what was wrong with this trailer? Looks fun, Stallone seems to be channeling Mike from Breaking Bad.

It does suck that Thomas Jane isn't in it, would have been much cooler had he been. Oh well.
I'm still trying to figure out what was wrong with this trailer? Looks fun, Stallone seems to be channeling Mike from Breaking Bad.

It does suck that Thomas Jane isn't in it, would have been much cooler had he been. Oh well.
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5:57PM on 08/17/2012
Reminds me of a cheesy 80's action film...and from what I remember those were always fun to watch...so ya, I'd see this for sure.
Reminds me of a cheesy 80's action film...and from what I remember those were always fun to watch...so ya, I'd see this for sure.
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5:32PM on 08/17/2012

We need another Rambo!

2008's Rambo was Awesome! I would take another of those please. That said, this trailer looks better than the Arnold one. Glad to see Jason Momoa getting some roles. He could be the next in line action bad ass.
2008's Rambo was Awesome! I would take another of those please. That said, this trailer looks better than the Arnold one. Glad to see Jason Momoa getting some roles. He could be the next in line action bad ass.
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5:30PM on 08/17/2012

We need another Rambo!

2008's Rambo was Awesome! I would take another of those please. That said, this trailer looks better than the Arnold one. Glad to see Jason Momoa getting some roles. He could be the next in line action bad ass.
2008's Rambo was Awesome! I would take another of those please. That said, this trailer looks better than the Arnold one. Glad to see Jason Momoa getting some roles. He could be the next in line action bad ass.
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5:12PM on 08/17/2012
I was expecting something more serious, but Arnold`s solo movie looks ridiculous too. I mean, I going to see both movies as soon as possible, but we don`t need every old school action flick to be "funny" as Expendables. I expect this and "The last stand" to be darker, serious thrillers, not action comedies. Keep the one-liners and jokes to EX. For the rest the movie looks good in action terms. Let`s hope The Tomb will be different.
I was expecting something more serious, but Arnold`s solo movie looks ridiculous too. I mean, I going to see both movies as soon as possible, but we don`t need every old school action flick to be "funny" as Expendables. I expect this and "The last stand" to be darker, serious thrillers, not action comedies. Keep the one-liners and jokes to EX. For the rest the movie looks good in action terms. Let`s hope The Tomb will be different.
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4:04PM on 08/17/2012

Kill count! Explosions! Cheese!

Guys its an action flick, truest to the name. All old school action flicks weren't big on plot, and acting quality. Big on kill counts, and explosions, and cheesy one liners. I didn't expect more then this, this is what everyone was complaining about that we don't have the old school action anymore. Well here it is! Take if for that, and enjoy it!
Once sly and Arnold are gone so are the action films!
Guys its an action flick, truest to the name. All old school action flicks weren't big on plot, and acting quality. Big on kill counts, and explosions, and cheesy one liners. I didn't expect more then this, this is what everyone was complaining about that we don't have the old school action anymore. Well here it is! Take if for that, and enjoy it!
Once sly and Arnold are gone so are the action films!
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3:40PM on 08/17/2012
Ya, the dialogue was crappy, but I'm glad the silly action flick is coming back. As much as love me my superhero movies, we need more R rated action out there that doesn't take itself so seriously.
Ya, the dialogue was crappy, but I'm glad the silly action flick is coming back. As much as love me my superhero movies, we need more R rated action out there that doesn't take itself so seriously.
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2:14PM on 08/17/2012

DTV POS

That's what this looks like. This might as well star Wesley Snipes. Sorry.
That's what this looks like. This might as well star Wesley Snipes. Sorry.
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1:59PM on 08/17/2012
Is this some alternate universe where my expectations for a Stallone movie should be anything more than lukewarm? This movie looks exactly like what I would expect from him, and I'm NOT complaining. All you have to do is IMDB Stallone and see his credits to come back to reality. Been a good many years since COP LAND.
Is this some alternate universe where my expectations for a Stallone movie should be anything more than lukewarm? This movie looks exactly like what I would expect from him, and I'm NOT complaining. All you have to do is IMDB Stallone and see his credits to come back to reality. Been a good many years since COP LAND.
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12:55PM on 08/17/2012
It doesnt look THAT bad. I was expecting more grit and atmosphere from the director of Johny Handsome and Extreme Prejudice but stil its Sly in action mode, Walter Hill directing a big movie again and Jason Momoa working on his action career, Thats good enough for me.
It doesnt look THAT bad. I was expecting more grit and atmosphere from the director of Johny Handsome and Extreme Prejudice but stil its Sly in action mode, Walter Hill directing a big movie again and Jason Momoa working on his action career, Thats good enough for me.
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12:06PM on 08/17/2012
Looks like some fun eighties cheese, which, to be perfectly honest, is good enough for me.
Looks like some fun eighties cheese, which, to be perfectly honest, is good enough for me.
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11:42AM on 08/17/2012

Aptly Named

For a man who was nominated for an Oscar for his writing skills, Sly failed to sniff out this turd.
And yes, they DO still make records.
For a man who was nominated for an Oscar for his writing skills, Sly failed to sniff out this turd.
And yes, they DO still make records.
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10:43AM on 08/17/2012

I'll watch on DVD

I loved Jason Momoa in the 1st season of Game of Thrones. I still have some faith in him even after the Conan reboot. I'll watch this on DVD or maybe in the local $1 theater.
I loved Jason Momoa in the 1st season of Game of Thrones. I still have some faith in him even after the Conan reboot. I'll watch this on DVD or maybe in the local $1 theater.
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9:54AM on 08/17/2012
Thumbs Up. I'll watch this on DVD.
Thumbs Up. I'll watch this on DVD.
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9:47AM on 08/17/2012
I'm surprised by everyones negative reactions. Its an action film with Sly, what were you expecting? It looks entertaining and old school
I'm surprised by everyones negative reactions. Its an action film with Sly, what were you expecting? It looks entertaining and old school
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9:20AM on 08/17/2012

The only negative I'll say about Sly...

For each of his good movies, we get tossed an "Over The Top" to suffer through. Dumping Thomas Jane sunk this film before it even got started.
For each of his good movies, we get tossed an "Over The Top" to suffer through. Dumping Thomas Jane sunk this film before it even got started.
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8:44AM on 08/17/2012

On the plus side

This trailer is both a detailed summary of the film, and a highlight reel of action movie cliches. But yeah, this looks awful. Some of you can believe everything Stallone touches is awesome, but I was actually alive and going to movies when Stop or My Mom Will Shoot was in theaters, so I know better.
This trailer is both a detailed summary of the film, and a highlight reel of action movie cliches. But yeah, this looks awful. Some of you can believe everything Stallone touches is awesome, but I was actually alive and going to movies when Stop or My Mom Will Shoot was in theaters, so I know better.
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2:04PM on 08/17/2012
I actually saw that in the theater as well. Painful memory.
I actually saw that in the theater as well. Painful memory.
5:32PM on 08/17/2012
I was plenty old enough, but way too smart to pay money to see "Stop, or My Mom Will Shoot." I still haven't seen it.
I was plenty old enough, but way too smart to pay money to see "Stop, or My Mom Will Shoot." I still haven't seen it.
9:48PM on 08/17/2012
Yes, allow me to clarify - I did not see "Stop or My Mom" will shoot in theaters. That's another hour and a half that HBO stole from my life.
Yes, allow me to clarify - I did not see "Stop or My Mom" will shoot in theaters. That's another hour and a half that HBO stole from my life.
6:36AM on 08/17/2012
At least Stallone looks alive in this trailer, he sleepwalks through large chunks of The Expendables 2. As for the rest of it... do you think they deliberately cast a weak actor as his 'buddy'?
At least Stallone looks alive in this trailer, he sleepwalks through large chunks of The Expendables 2. As for the rest of it... do you think they deliberately cast a weak actor as his 'buddy'?
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6:26AM on 08/17/2012
Well, at least the fans of DTV flicks have their Citizen Kane now.
Well, at least the fans of DTV flicks have their Citizen Kane now.
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6:04AM on 08/17/2012
A million times this than another "action film" with Taylor Lautner.
A million times this than another "action film" with Taylor Lautner.
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5:47AM on 08/17/2012
It's no real surprise about the so-so quality from the trailer.
Walter was onced a great director, but his 90's work was quite poor (and I think they all floped), that's the real reason why he hasn't been in demand for the last 10 years.
I'll watch it but maybe wait till dvd.
Don't forget the same director who did The Warriors and 48 Hours also did Supernova and Another 48 Hours.
It's no real surprise about the so-so quality from the trailer.
Walter was onced a great director, but his 90's work was quite poor (and I think they all floped), that's the real reason why he hasn't been in demand for the last 10 years.
I'll watch it but maybe wait till dvd.
Don't forget the same director who did The Warriors and 48 Hours also did Supernova and Another 48 Hours.
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5:28AM on 08/17/2012

On the fence

I really want to like this movie but its hard to get the bitter taste out from no Thomas Jane, just imagine how much more awesome that trailer wouldve with Jane instead of generic Asian dude. That said im more hopeful then most on the forum, sure its cliched but Stallone and Hill in action mode is always a good thing. We'll see...
I really want to like this movie but its hard to get the bitter taste out from no Thomas Jane, just imagine how much more awesome that trailer wouldve with Jane instead of generic Asian dude. That said im more hopeful then most on the forum, sure its cliched but Stallone and Hill in action mode is always a good thing. We'll see...
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4:53AM on 08/17/2012
I like old-school action flicks as much as the next guy, but this really doesn't look good. I agree that it seems cliche-ridden and that it looks like the filmmakers were trying too hard, and forgive me but I'm getting some "direct-to-video" vibes, like this could have easily starred a washed-out action star stuck in a direct-to-DVD rut. Christian Slater's presence doesn't help either, and Sung Kang and Stallone don't look like they'll make a great team. There was nothing really impressive
I like old-school action flicks as much as the next guy, but this really doesn't look good. I agree that it seems cliche-ridden and that it looks like the filmmakers were trying too hard, and forgive me but I'm getting some "direct-to-video" vibes, like this could have easily starred a washed-out action star stuck in a direct-to-DVD rut. Christian Slater's presence doesn't help either, and Sung Kang and Stallone don't look like they'll make a great team. There was nothing really impressive about this trailer, when the trailer for The Last Stand was practically one impressive moment after another.
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2:45AM on 08/17/2012
Also not sure about Momoa as the villain... the guy's got size but perhaps not the presence. Will be interested to see what he can do in a role like this.
Also not sure about Momoa as the villain... the guy's got size but perhaps not the presence. Will be interested to see what he can do in a role like this.
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4:26AM on 08/17/2012
Call me crazy but if they wanted to have an ethnic partner, maybe they shouldve given him the role
Call me crazy but if they wanted to have an ethnic partner, maybe they shouldve given him the role
2:36AM on 08/17/2012
Im still pissed about them tossing Jane to the curb so my opinion maybe bias
Im still pissed about them tossing Jane to the curb so my opinion maybe bias
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2:34AM on 08/17/2012
The action promises to be brutal and fun. The rest of the flick promises to be cliched and shit. Anybody surprised?
The action promises to be brutal and fun. The rest of the flick promises to be cliched and shit. Anybody surprised?
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2:22AM on 08/17/2012
Really digging this big action revival thing that seems to be going on. But Arnold and Sly are getting pretty up there in age and they're not going to be doing this for much longer. We really need some younger guys who can continue this genre on when these guys are retired. I wish Hollywood would get some fresh blood to carry on this legacy.
Really digging this big action revival thing that seems to be going on. But Arnold and Sly are getting pretty up there in age and they're not going to be doing this for much longer. We really need some younger guys who can continue this genre on when these guys are retired. I wish Hollywood would get some fresh blood to carry on this legacy.
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2:01AM on 08/17/2012

Looks fun.

Far more stoked for Expendables 2 and Last Stand and The Tomb but I will check it out. Doesn't look life changing but looks like a good time.
Far more stoked for Expendables 2 and Last Stand and The Tomb but I will check it out. Doesn't look life changing but looks like a good time.
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1:54AM on 08/17/2012
Wasn't TommyJ gonna be in this movie? Fuck this movie!
Wasn't TommyJ gonna be in this movie? Fuck this movie!
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1:52AM on 08/17/2012
rofl. I know there's a lot of Stallone fans here, but I laughed out loud about 4-5 times watching this trailer. I particularly liked the line "When I get to these guys I'm gonna do something bad". Brilliant. And just when you thought they might not do the old/young jokes from the Rocky Balboa trailers, they did the old/young jokes from the Rocky Balboa trailers. Which surprised me because if there's one thing Stallone doesn't do, it's repeat ideas. This looks like a straight to DVD movie that
rofl. I know there's a lot of Stallone fans here, but I laughed out loud about 4-5 times watching this trailer. I particularly liked the line "When I get to these guys I'm gonna do something bad". Brilliant. And just when you thought they might not do the old/young jokes from the Rocky Balboa trailers, they did the old/young jokes from the Rocky Balboa trailers. Which surprised me because if there's one thing Stallone doesn't do, it's repeat ideas. This looks like a straight to DVD movie that Warner Bros. got duped into giving funding. And this was gonna be Stallone/Thomas Jane until someone realized the key to any great action film is the 5th lead from Fast and the Furious 3: Tokyo Drift. Starting the RT score over/under line at 10%.
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