Brutal action flick from Indonesia featuring Raid star Iko Uwais

Film Review by Ross McIndoe | 21 Feb 2017
  • Headshot
Film title: Headshot
Director: Kimo Stamboel, Timo Tjahjanto
Starring: Iko Uwais, Chelsea Islan, Sunny Pang
Release date: 3 Mar
Certificate: 18

Martial arts films have a great talent for testing the technical boundaries of cinema, mostly by hurling body after body up against them until they break through to something new. The Raid star Iko Uwais will be the main draw for bloody vengeance thriller Headshot but the camera itself is the star: throughout the film we see a rogues' gallery of foes try to match his lightning blows but the only one able to meet him step for step is the camera itself, converting what could have been a blur of blood and battery into something visceral, intense and gripping.

La La Land drew praise for the gymnastics of its camera as it twirled through Chazelle’s candy-coloured dream: the view in Headshot is a little like that after a line of coke and a punch in the head. With the feel of an overloaded nervous system, Headshot has a twitching taut style that perfectly captures the mad violence of Uwais’ amnesiac hero as he tries to tear his way back to his identity. Stamboel and Tjahjanto’s blistering action film holds up over two hours of brutality through a constant supply of violent innovation and a well-used handful of visual gags.

Headshot screened at Glasgow Film Festival: 19 Feb, GFT, 8.30pm | 20 Feb, GFT, 3.30pm

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