Headshot

October 17 | 7:30pm / Special Free Screening / West Coast Premiere
 FREE Screening / Open to All: Those who attended the original screening on October 4th will be seated first; please bring your ticket stubs/vouchers to be in this line. Screening to be held in the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian.

West Coast Premiere

The Mo Brothers return with the most insanely hyper-violent film of the year with THE RAID’s Iko Uwais gleefully snapping bones and shattering minds in the process.

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, HEADSHOT is the single most violent film of 2016. Courtesy of the Mo Brothers, the Indonesian power duo behind KILLERS and MACABRE, they have created an all out physical assault that needs to be seen to be believed. Complete with super human action-God Iko Uwais (THE RAID, THE RAID 2) leading the charge, HEADSHOT immediately installs itself into a canon of cinema that simply doesn’t understand the laws of excess. For two breathless hours every imaginable form of sweet, sweet violence is committed and it is nothing short of fucking glorious.

Much like its countrymen and fellow instant-Action-classics THE RAID and THE RAID 2, HEADSHOT wastes no time in setting the stage as the film opens with the most thoroughly insane prison break we’ve ever seen as a seemingly endless stream of bodies are shot, stabbed, hacked and smashed in a sequence that will have you either applauding or running from the theater.

As for the rest of the story, Uwais plays a young man who washes ashore, an amnesiac with a serious head injury whose violent past comes back to haunt him shortly after being nursed back to health by a young doctor. But you’re not really here for the narrative, you’re to see how Action cinema is being turned on its head.

In addition Uwais delivering another unbelievably stellar turn (how is he still alive?), HEADSHOT also brings us the welcome return of Julie Estelle – Hammer Girl from THE RAID 2. What she lacks in hammers on this turn she more than makes up for in two feminine fists of fury. Maintaining the impossibly high level of hyper violence, Uwais and his stunt team manage the fight choreography as they did on THE RAID 2, once again, the results are beyond spectacular.

The influence of Asian cinema has long been felt on Hollywood but in viewing the wild gratuity and anarchic precision of HEADSHOT you question if there’s any way it can keep up. That said, it doesn’t matter as Uwais is changing cinema in the same way Gordon Liu, Samo Hung and Jackie Chan did before him. All we can do is sit back, buckle up and enjoy the astonishing ride.

Christian Parkes

Special Thanks to XYZ Films

Director: The Mo Brothers (Kimo Stamboel, Timo Tjahjanto)
Country: Indonesia
Runtime: 117 minutes
Year: 2016

“Expect a serious amount of bloodletting and hardcore violence.” City on Fire