2016 Certificate: 18

Synopsis

Having barely survived The Raid, Indonesian martial arts star Iko Uwais risks life and limb once again for this brutal action thriller. He plays a mysterious gunshot victim found washed up on a beach with a bullet in his head and no memory of who he is. Named "Ishmael" by his attending doctor Ailin (Chelsea Islan), his recovery is of great interest to sadistic crime lord Mr Lee (Sunny Pang), who's just broken out of prison - and clearly wants him dead. But why? As Lee despatches wave after wave of vicious killers to undo Ailin's good work, Ishmael's memories begin to come back... and they couldn't be more painful.

Directors

  • Kimo Stamboel

  • Timo Tjahjanto

Cast

  • Iko Uwais

  • Chelsea Islan

  • Sunny Pang

  • Zack Lee

  • David Hendrawan

Review

Delivering fight scenes to make Bruce Lee wince, Headshot does exactly what it says on the tin. Underlined and in bold, blood-red caps.

As is generally the case with martial arts stars, Iko Uwais lets his actions speak louder than words as the strong and largely silent hero who 's nursed back to health by a pretty young doctor (Islan) after being found half-dead on an Indonesian shore.

Alas, he has no idea who he is. But, after busting out of jail and getting the body count into double figures before the film's title comes up, sadistic kingpin Mr Lee (Pang) clearly does.

So what's their association? All is revealed as Uwais's amnesiac assassin fights off Lee's legion of goons in a series of brutal encounters punctuated by spurting arteries, exploding brain matter and limbs bending at angles they weren't meant to.

Co-directors Stamboel and Tjahjanto allow a few breathers to give the stunt people a chance to grab the paracetamol and let "Ishmael" get his memory back.

But while the themes of abduction, indoctrination and redemption give it depth, that's not why you're here, is it? You want fights. You want bloodshed. You want action.

You'll get your money's worth.

Elliott Noble