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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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

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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