DVD Review: Headshot
Iko Uwais is the man. The Indonesian actor and martial artist burst onto cinema screens with The Raid, though you’d still have to be into extreme violence or martial arts to have seen that film, and again with the follow up Raid 2. Iko is pretty much owns martial arts on the silver screen the moment, no one comes close to his charisma or bone crunching ability for choreographed fight scenes. In fact his name will unwillingly get me excited for the type of film that is full of fight scenes that are so brutal and relentless that you have to wonder how anyone could survive five seconds of fighting let alone five minutes. Martial arts films are not my cup of tea. But put Iko in there and magic seems to happen.
Headshot is no different – though not quite as good as either Raid film – and it follows a kinda of Bourne plot line. In other words amnesic trained assassin is found washed ashore and taken to local hospital where student Doctor takes a slightly unprofessional interest in him. When his trainers/owners discover he is still alive, they come after him by way of kidnapping the Doctor. Cue two hour rampage.
Pretty much a two hour string of cinematic carnage, held together by the flimsiest of plots, Headshot is pure enigmatic beauty for the slightly disturbed movie goer. A certain type of rush that satisfies, but in a way you either can’t explain or don’t want to.
It’s just damn good fun.
Rating: R18 Graphic violence & offensive language.