Headshot (2016)

Headshot
Director: Kimo Stamboel, Timo Tjahjanto
Writer: Timo Tjahjanto
Cast: Iko Uwais, Chelsea Islan, Sunny Pang, Very Tri Yulisman, Julie Estelle, Ario Bayu, Yayu A.W. Unru
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 24.9.2016
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
A young man (Iko Uwais) is washed ashore unconscious. When he wakes up after two months, he can’t remember a thing. He’s slowly nursed back to health by a doctor, Ailin (Chelsea Islan), who calls him Ishmael. But as he grows stronger and more active, his past comes back to haunt him. And his past is a bloody, violent place.

Headshot doesn’t have the best story, but it does have great action. Unfortunately the film stands in its own way sometimes, so it never really takes off.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (aka Episode VII)
Director: J.J. Abrams
Writer: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
Sequel to: Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Harrison Ford, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Mark HamillOscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Max von Sydow, Peter Mayhew, Gwendoline Christie, Simon Pegg, Greg Grunberg, Warwick Davis, Iko Uwais, Judah Friedlander, Daniel Craig, Alec Guinness, Ewan McGregor, Frank Oz
Seen on: 21.12.2015

Plot:
It was 30 years ago that Darth Vader was defeated and the Empire fell. And it’s about as long that Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has disappeared from the Galaxy. The Resistance is still looking for him. Pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) is hot on the trail of a missing map piece for that search when he comes under attack. He hands the map to his droid BB-8 and sends it on its way. Rey (Daisy Ridley) works as a scavenger on that very same planet and she stumbles first on BB-8 and then on a stormtrooper (John Boyega) who deserted. Before they have a chance to think, they are on the run – and run straight into Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew). Together they decide to try to find Luke.

I’ll come right out and say it: I’m not a Star Wars fan. I watched Episodes 4 through 6 when I was a kid and thought they were okay, watched Episode 1 when it came out and thought it was so stupid, I never even watched 2 and 3. When 7 came out, I hesitated for a while to watch it, but ultimately I figured why not? I have watched films for less reason than the cast of this one alone. And I have to say, I don’t regret watching it. In many ways it has the IQ of a potato, but it is seriously entertaining and very nice to watch.

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The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)

The Raid 2: Berandal
Director: Gareth Evans
Writer: Gareth Evans
Sequel to: The Raid
Cast: Iko UwaisArifin Putra, Yayan Ruhian, Julie Estelle, Donny Alamsyah, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusodewo, Alex Abbad, Very Tri Yulisman
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
After what happened in the first film, Rama (Iko Uwais) finds himself with a small Internal Affairs task force that operates with rather extreme measures. They want him to infiltrate a crime syndicate and expose the police corruption within. After Rama finds out that his brother Andi (Donny Alamsyah) was executed, he accepts the proposal and takes up the fight, quite literally.

The Raid 2 has the distinct disadvantage over the first film that I had expectations this time. But it did manage to fulfill them for the most part and I really enjoyed it.

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Re-Watch: Serbuan maut [The Raid] (2011)

Serbuan maut
Director: Gareth Evans
Writer: Gareth Evans
Cast: Iko Uwais, Doni Alamsyah, Joe Taslim, Yayan Ruhian, Ray Sahetapy, Verdi Solaiman
[Here’s my first review.]

Plot:
Rama (Iko Uwais) is a young police officer whose unit is going on a raid of an appartment building that is firmly under control of the gangster Tama (Ray Sahetapy) and filled with his armed to the teeth henchmen. At first things seem to go rather well and the first few floors are taken without much of a fuzz. But then the alarm gets raised and the shit hits the fan.

When they showed The Raid as the surprise film at the /slash a few years ago, I was unprepared. I hadn’t heard about the film before and I got an action masterpiece. But it’s easy to surpass expectations when there are none and everything is new. So I was worried that it might not hold up to a second screening. But I need not have worried. No matter how many times you see it, it is a fantastic film.

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Serbuan maut [The Raid] (2011)

Serbuan maut
Director: Gareth Evans
Writer: Gareth Evans
Cast: Iko Uwais, Doni Alamsyah, Joe Taslim, Yayan Ruhian, Ray Sahetapy, Verdi Solaiman
Part of: Surprise movie at the /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
Rama (Iko Uwais) is a young police officer whose unit is going on a raid of an appartment building that is firmly under control of the gangster Tama (Ray Sahetapy) and filled with his armed to the teeth henchmen. At first things seem to go rather well and the first few floors are taken without much of a fuzz. But then the alarm gets raised and the shit hits the fan.

The Raid is one of those films where you grip the armrests of your seat approximately during minute 5 and won’t let go until the end of the film. It’s that tight.

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