Iko Uwais plays a young man who washes ashore, an amnesiac with a serious head injury whose past comes back to haunt him shortly after being nursed back to health by a young doctor. Violence ensues. Sweet, sweet violence.
From the creators of Macabre and Killers, the Mo Brothers – (Kimo Stamboel/Timo Tjahjanto) bring us another piece of Indonesian mastery with their latest kick ass film – HEADSHOT.
Although moving in a completely different direction from previous films, HEADSHOT does not disappoint as it combines their lust for dark and grisly misfortunes into the world of martial arts.
An unknown man (Iko Uwais) is found washed up on a beach. Taken to a hospital, he lays comatosed for some time and a young Doctor called Ailin, spends time at his bedside waiting for him to regain consciousness. He soon awakes but has no recollection of his previous life. Naming him Ishamel, they both begin to try and put together the missing jigsaw pieces. But, it is not long before his past catches up with him in the most violent and brutal of ways.
Lee (Sunny Pang) aka The Father of Hell is the boss of an organised crime group. Organising his troops he seeks to get Ishmael and he will not stop until he has him in his dirty paws.
The magnificence of this film lies within the fight choreography. It is so devastatingly beautiful that it plays havoc with the senses. It’s evident that each fight sequence has been worked out with painstaking precision and with the intensity ranging from scorching to inferno, each one bursts with its own style and flavour.
One notable moment came when Ishmael was interrogated at a police station. He was handcuffed to the table leaving him in a very weakened position. There was this constant sense that trouble was coming for Ishmael and it seemed impossible for any escape. When gang members stormed the building all hell breaks loose and Ishmael was once again fighting for his life. It was so enthralling to watch simply because there was so much going on and it was all so vicious.
Suffice to say that lovers of The Raid will recognise some familiar faces starting with two former partners in crime Julie Estelle (Hammer Girl) as Rika and Very Tri Yulisman (Baseball Bat Man) as Besi. Both are as brilliant as ever and their skills are flawless. Kudos must be given to Sunny Pang whose performance was simply awesome.
It is fair to say that Tjahjanto has gone a little bit more mainstream in writing Headshot due to the love story between Ishmael and Ailin. It may also seem a bit woolly in comparison to his former works like L is for Libido, Killers and Safe Haven – which are much more subversive, twisted and darker.
But this is a completely different film and one that should be taken on its own merit. Moreover, despite moments of sweetness, Tjahjanto counteracts that with an abundance of violence.
HEADSHOT is a total knockout, so check it out.