2012 / Director. Walter Hill.
Sylvester Stallone is back AGAIN for yet another ultra-violent, pumped up muscle-fest. With his chemically enhanced beefcake body about as ripped as it gets, he's one geriatric mofo who still has the goods. I'm loving that so many of the action stars from the 80s are having a resurgence and in this case, legendary director Walter Hill is also back for a retrocentric 80s love fest. Bullet In The Face is based on a French graphic novel... but I've never read it and couldn't care less whether or not this is an accurate adaptation. I took it for what it's worth and enjoyed it. Sly played a career criminal who performs odd jobs, mostly hits. His partner is killed and so he embarks on a mission of revenge. In the process he teams up with a detective who's on the same trail and the movie's catch is the two of these guys trading insult and finding compromise. Sly always has the upper hand. It's essentially a throwback to Tango & Cash and while it's riddled with cliches and a worn out premise, it's shot well, staged well and packed with action. Bullets fly, heads pop and blood spews. I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend the movie but if you cross it's path then it's not a waste of time. There is definitely a sense of nostalgia for a classic era of action movies It's great to see Walter Hill back in the directors chair after a decade of producing. Its a welcome return and I hope to see some more.