- Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, Sarah Shahi, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jason Momoa, Christian Slater, Jon Seda, Holt McCallany, Brian Van Holt, Weronika Rosati, Dane Rhodes, Don Tai, Lin Oeding, Marcus Lyle Brown, Dominique DuVernay, Dana Michelle Gourrier, Robert Larriviere, Don Yesso, Douglas M. Griffin, Andrea Frankle
- Director: Walter Hill
- Writers: Alessandro Camon, Alexis Nolent
- Producers: Alfred Gough, Alexandra Milchan, Miles Millar, Joel Silver , Kevin King Templeton
- Co Producer: Bob Dohrmann
- Executive Producers: Stuart M. Besser, Stuart Ford, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Deepak Nayar, Bobby Ranghelov, Courtney Solomon, Steven Squillante
- Castings: J.C. Cantu, Mary Vernieu
- Costume Design: Ha Nguyen
- D.O.P.: Lloyd Ahern II
- Editor: Timothy Alverson
- Makeup: Scott H. Eddo
- Music: Steve Mazzaro
- Production Design: Toby Corbett
- Set Decoration: Alice Baker
A hitman teams with a young NYPD detective in a high-stakes investigation that leads from dingy back alleys all the way to the power corridors of New Orleans. The unlikely duo, brought together by two vicious murders, take on all who stand in their way, willing to sacrifice everything to exact revenge.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Filming Locations: New Orleans, USA; New York City, USA
- MPAA Warning: Strong violence, bloody images, language, some nudity and brief drug use
- Production Budget: $55 million
- Production Companies: Dark Castle Entertainment, IM Global, After Dark Films, Automatik Entertainment, EMJAG Productions, Millar Gough Ink, Silver Reel
- Production Schedule: 27 June 2011 - 25 August 2011
2013 Guide Analysis: "An adaptation of Alexis Nolent's French graphic novel "Du Plomb Dans La Tete," Stallone plays an ageing old school hitman who teams with an idealistic young Korean NYPD detective (Kang) to seek revenge on various New Orleans powerbrokers responsible for the two vicious murders that connect them.
The $55 million project marks the return to the genre of Walter Hill, a seminal director of action films like "48 Hrs," "The Warriors," "Red Heat," "Streets of Fire," "Last Man Standing" and his last film as director - 2002's "Undisputed." Teaming with someone like Stallone is a good fit for both parties, especially when the tone is said to be throwback to those 1980s blockbusters which both built their names on.
'Bullet' saw two notable departures before filming began. "Running Scared" director Wayne Kramer was attached at one point, but ultimately left as his vision for the film was said to be too dark. Later, Thomas Jane had to drop out of the detective role due to producer Joel Silver's insistence of casting a "more 'ethnic' actor" to reach a wider audience.
Originally slated for April 2012, the project got pushed back almost a year and it's unclear as to why. Premiering in Rome last month, one reviewer called it a "hard-hitting exercise in beefy, brainless fun." There's certainly a consensus that it delivers a ton of kinetic fight scenes, bromantic overly macho one-liners, and not much else. Think "The Expendables" with a lean and more efficient feel to it, though don't expect much in the way of story or depth."