This week on Scottscope Talk Radio, we be contemplating the twilight of the 1980’s action heroes! First, we’ll be reviewing Sly Stallone’s latest, Bullet to the Head. Does Stallone still have what it takes to headline this kind of film? Is he past the point where he can carry this kind of movie on his own? Does it measure up to his best work from the 1980’s, or even to some of his middle tier efforts from that same period? Does it even hold a candle to some of his more recent efforts, namely the two Expendables films and the fourth Rambo movie? Are the sensibilities of director Walter Hill antiquated? Should this have been a DTV release?
We also look at the recent and disastrous developments in the careers of both Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Both The Last Stand and A Bullet to the Head opened to heavily disappointing box office returns. Audiences clearly were not interested. Is the 80’s action hero revival officially over? Were these films truly bad enough to warrant such indifference? Should Stallone and Schwarzenegger hang it up and let it go? Should they simply make better films? Should they stick to gimmicky ensemble pieces like The Expendables? Is there anything that can be done to salvage their careers at this point?