In 2011, people around the world is shocked by Indonesian film titled “The Raid.” It is the first film where the Indonesian local martial arts are becoming the main component of the film. People like the film because the fight is so intense and brutal. After that phenomenal success, some film just like follow the similar formula and even cast similar actors. Headshots is one of them.
The film starts when a fisherman found a body of man in the beach. He then took him to the hospital, and a cute doctor named Ailin take care of him. However, that man got no name so Ailin calls him Ishmael. One day, Ishmael comes back from his sleep. He remember nothing but a vision of a woman with a gun. Ailin knows Ishmael got amnesia because of the bullet in his head. The hospital did not have the facility take out the bullet so she askes Ishmael to go to Jakarta with her. Ishmael refuses. He feels like there is something he should do in the city. Something scary he doesn’t remember at all.
Ailin goes to Jakarta by bus but in the middle of her journey, there are some men with gun come into that bus. They look for Ishmael but since they didn’t find him, they brutally murder all the people. They even got to kill a girl but Ailin comes up and save her. Those man then kidnapped Ailin and took her into their lair. Ishmael feels so wrong when letting Ailin all alone. He kept up but he only found dead bodies in the bus. The police came but wrongly accused Ishmael for all that happened. The police interogated him to reveal where the one who terrorize the child belongs. That man is Lee, people called him a father from hell because he is the father of all criminals in the city. He was raising the children to master killing. One of the children is Ishmael or Abdi. He betrayed Lee and now all of his friends start haunting him. Like it or not, Ishmael has to kill people again to save Ailin.
Headshot is another Indonesian gritty martial art film. It is brutally efficient action film. The blood, the pace and thr fight is good but I think those are too repetitive. There are so many elements to mention its similarity with The Raid franchise. I don’t it is a bad film but some parts is boring. I have watched almost the same scenes in the other film. However, for all fans of extremeAsian action genre, Headshots is still worth-watching.
Producers : Shinjiro Nishimura, Wicky V. Olindo, John Radel, Mike Wiluan
Directors : Kimo Stamboel, Timo Tjahjanto
Writers : Timo Tjahjanto
Starring : Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle, Chelsea Islan, David Hendrawan, Zack Lee, Sunny Pang, Very Tri Yulisman