Headshot (2016)

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.]

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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Killers (2014)

Director: Kimo Stamboel, Timo Tjahjanto
Writer: Takuji Ushiyama, Timo Tjahjanto
Cast: Oka Antara, Kazuki Kitamura, Rin Takanashi, Luna MayaRay SahetapyEpy Kusnandar
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard Morrissey.]

In Tokyo serial killer Nomura (Kazuki Kitamura) films the killings of his victims and puts them online. One of his watchers is Bayu (Oka Antara), an Indonesian reporter. He has been working to expose the crimes of the powerful Dharma (Ray Sahetapy), but only unsuccessfully so far. When Bayu is robbed and raped, he ends up killing his attackers and on an impulse he films the scene and puts it online, too. Nomura finds him and is convinced that he has found a kindred spirit. He starts egging Bayu on to commit more murders.

Killers has an interesting idea and for the bigger part of the film, they develop that idea beautifully. Towards the end, though, it gets a little too predictable. Up until that, though, it is really engaging.

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