HEADSHOT centers on a mysterious young man, who, after months in a coma from a gunshot wound to the head is nursed back to health by a young student-doctor, Ailin. Realizing that the man has lost his memory and identity, the two quickly grow closer; not realizing that behind their momentary peace lays danger. Soon their lives collide with a gang of dangerous criminals led by an enigmatic crime lord – and with every violent confrontation, his memory brings him closer to a dark truth as the lethal personality awakening within him starts to reveal who he really is.
What We Thought:
Headshot is a quality action flick with just one thing that really bothered me. I’ll get to that in a bit.
I absolutely love The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2 so I was eager to check out this film with the star of those films Iko Uwais. He also does the stunt/fight direction in it so that’s a big plus in my book.
Overall the film is quite good. Uwais is climbing the ladder of top Asian action stars. I’ll watch anything Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa put out and now I’ll watch anything Uwais does as well. This is the third film I’ve seen him star in and he’s pretty badass.
The movie itself reminded me a bit of Hardcore Henry minus the first person shooter aspect. Both revolve around the lead characters not remembering who they are and eventually going around destroying people. I support that!
The hand to hand action is pretty awesome. There’s some great knife play and one on one combat. The police station fight sequence is awesome. The final fight at the end is awesome as is the fight with the woman before that.
My biggest complaint is the gun play. It’s full of post production muzzle flare which looks ridiculous. There’s a scene where prisoners and guards shoot machine guns at each other in a small hallway and it looks bad. Plus there seems to be never-ending bullets in every gun. Guys get shot 10-12 times and keep standing up and the gun has 10-12 more bullets for the next guy. Only once or twice did they show a gun running out of ammo. And it also has my biggest pet peeve of film in it, chambering a round in a hand gun or cocking a shotgun before usage. I know they all use it for cinematic effect, but man does it bother me. All you’re doing is discharging ammo in real life.
If you like Asian action films I recommend Headshot. If you’ve seen The Raid franchise and like Iko Uwais, I highly recommend it. Other than the gun play (which really bothered me), it’s a fun, action filled watch.
Cast & Crew:
- Iko Uwais
- Julie Estelle
- Chelsea Islan
- Sunny Pang
Recommended If You Like:
- The Raid Redemption
- Hardcore Henry
- Iko Uwais