A man (Iko Uwais) is discovered left for dead with a gunshot wound to the head, and, after months in a coma, is nursed back to health by young student-doctor Ailin. Realizing that the man is an amnesiac, Ailin renames him Ishmael.
When Ailin is kidnapped by a gang of dangerous criminals led by enigmatic crimelord Lee, Ishmael suspects his true identity is closely tied to these people.
Determined to save the woman who rescued him, Ishmael has no choice but to confront his past. But every violent confrontation that Ishmael encounters brings him closer to a dark realisation, as a lethal personality begins to awaken within him.
“In terms of sheer, punchy physical vigour, Headshot is a knockout… terrifically visceral fight scenes” Variety
“Dear America – please outsource all action films to Indonesia from here-on-out.” We Got This Covered
“When someone asks you what no holds barred action looks like you just point them in the direction of Headshot” ScreenAnarchy
“Savage, gory and unrelenting” HeyUGuys
Acclaimed Indonesian genre directors Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel, aka The Mo Brothers (Macabre, The ABCs of Death), have crafted a truly thrilling and innovative action film, with a superb set-up – the hero knows who the enemy is, but doesn’t know exactly why, and on top of that he himself is a powder keg about to explode. It’s as if Jason Statham was starring in a Bourne film directed by John Woo.
The directors have enlisted the brilliant Iko Uwais, star of Gareth Evan’s incredible The Raid films (and last seen in The Force Awakens), to star as Ishmael, a man with a bullet lodged near his brain and a special set of lethal skills he doesn’t know how he acquired – and the only way he can find out is to fight his way to the top of a criminal empire, meaning one set piece after another of exquisitely choreographed and ever escalating carnage, including a sequence on a bus that is the equal of The Raid 2’s subway hammer attack. Uwais has the potential to be an action star of Jackie Chan proportions, and Headshot will propel him in the right direction.
Debuting to rave reactions at TIFF last year, Headshot is a bone crunching, bullet blasting, blood spurting two hours of a good time that action fans will not want to miss on any account.