Bullet In The Head (1990)

7/10 - As subtle as the title, but also as intense
Reviewed by Simon on 16 July 2008

BULLET IN THE HEAD is John Woo's attempt to make a film as powerful and profound as DEER HUNTER. He succeeds in the power, with some incredibly intense scenes, but fails in the profundity because of a complete lack of subtlety.

Now the disregard for subtlety is one of the things I like about HK cinema as a whole, but it's clear Woo wants to be taken seriously here, as an artist with something to say about the human condition... but he doesn't have the maturity to pull it off. He does have a talent for adrenaline and testosterone-melodrama though, and the film delivers on that in buckets - after about 1 hour in it just builds and builds in intensity.

I'd like to see the original "boardroom ending", as the tacked on car joust is really just too daft!

Cast

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
Jacky Cheung
Waise Lee
Simon Yam

Crew

Director
John Woo
Action Director
Lau Chi-Ho
Writer
Patrick Leung
John Woo
Cinematographer
Horace Wong
Ardy Lam
Editor
John Woo
Soundtrack
James Wong Jim
Romeo Diaz

See also