Hill is a legend in action cinema, directing sublime, understated action hits like The Driver (read my thoughts here), The Warriors, 48 Hours, and producing Aliens. The elder statesman of ass-kicking has been out of the cinema game for some time, with his last notable works being the vastly underrated TV mini-series Broken Trail in 2006.
Hill's work is typified by no-nonsense, stripped down efficiency. He keeps things tight and minimalist, which is a blessing in this age of bloated blockbusters and needless exposition, but can he continue to buck this trend with Bullet to the Head, an adaptation of French graphic novel Du Plomb Dans La Tete?
The trailer doesn't give much away, except the bare bones plot of an ageing, vengeful, loose cannon hitman (Stallone) teaming up with a by-the-book rookie cop (Fast Five's Sung Kang) in the pursuit of his friend's killers (Game of Thrones' Jason Momoa and Lost's Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). Naturally, their differing work ethics cause some friction along the way.
The dialogue seems to be witty enough for an action buddy cop movie (though lacking the punchy grit of Hill's 48 Hrs) with most of the jokes revolving around the generational-gap between the two unlikely partners. Kang is a charismatic and engaging lead and Stallone can coast and still entertain, which is useful because that's exactly what he appears to be doing here.
Bullet to the Head will hopefully blow movie goer's away on February 1st 2013.