- I, Sly: Sylvester Stallone in Walter Hill's Bullet to the Head
Here, Sylvester Stallone is James Bonomo, a grizzled old hitman with a self-serving code of honor. James's partner inevitably dies, which leads him to break his self-prescribed rule of not working with cops and team up with Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang). This being a film starring Sylvester Stallone, who imagines himself as Clint Eastwood with muscles, some lame race-baiting/ageist jokes are swapped between the two pros as they seek out James's partner's killers.
But aside from the pleasure of seeing Kang and Stallone do light banter and heavy ass-kicking, the best thing about Bullet is its straightforward pulpiness. Hill's approaches to violence and to his characters' motives are refreshingly simple. Since James claims to be a hard man, we see him kill repeatedly and without remorse, making the character a more hard-boiled variant of the lugs-of-principle Stallone usually plays.
Because this is a Walter Hill movie, gratuitously naked women and testosterone-fueled tough guys are the order of the day, nothing more and nothing less. The film's action scenes are mostly dynamic, and the film's talented cast is largely well-served, from Jason Momoa, who does a fine job as the film's main heavy, to star Stallone, who simultaneously sticks to and goes against his usual onscreen schtick.