After being setup on a job which left his partner dead, James Bonomo, a long time hit man, will do whatever it takes to find the men responsible. This leads James into an unlikely alliance with a D.C detective who suspects corruption stemming from the very top. Walter Hill's Bullet In The Head is a stripped down, no nonsense action film that succeeds far more than it fails because of
its old school approach. The narrative of Bullet in the Head is rather generic, a rather typical corruption at the top storyline, but the film is fast-paced and the action is refreshingly simplistic while being brutal and aggressive. Hill wastes very little time on exposition, opting instead to throw the viewer right into the story and I believe this decision really makes the generic nature of the story almost irrelevant. The relationship between these two men, a cop and hitman, is another strong attribute of Bullet In The Head, almost being an anti-buddy cop film. These two men really don't like each other all that much and have a completely different viewpoint on morals which makes their interactions a lot of fun. There is a great dichotomy at work: old school vs. new school, cop vs. hitman, that in a way one finds themselves questioning how their "partnership" will end. I'm not gonna pretend this is a great film as there is plenty I found silly, like the
unneccessary voice-over/narration for example, but I couldn't help but enjoy watching these characters, especially Bonomon . In the end Bullet in the Head is nowhere near Hill's 80s efforts but its a nice, stripped down throwback action film that is an enjoyable bit of masochism.
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