Kevin: We’ve already discussed at length our feelings about how the schizophrenically shot and edited action scenes of the “Bourne” series not only ruined our enjoyment of those films, but also the many films that followed which employed a similar “style,” such as “Taken” and “Quantum of Solace.” While I know that the repetitive adventures of Matt Damon’s amnesiac ex-spy have a large fan base, what if they made a “Bourne” movie with well-choreographed fight scenes that were filmed so you could actually see what the hell was going on? Well someone in Indonesia did just that, and it’s called “Headshot”:
Stop me if this sounds familiar: The plot revolves around an unnamed man – who later dubs himself “Ishmael” – who is found injured on a beach with no memory of who he is. While that’s likely something that has happened to many of us on Spring Break, unlike us Ishmael quickly discovers that he is an almost superhuman badass, including the standard scene where he discovers his fighting skills after getting hit for the first time. Eventually Ishmael discovers who he is and why a local crime boss wants him dead, all while trying to protect the woman he’s come to trust.
So yeah not exactly the most original storyline in the world, but you’ll be too impressed by the many brutal and inventive fight scenes to care, including a memorable set piece insides a bus where a gasoline-soaked Ishmael has to fight off multiple attackers – including one whose eyeball has an unfortunate encounter with a spent bullet casing – who are trying to set him ablaze. If you are a fan of his films you probably know what to expect from star Iko Uwais, but if not here is the kind of athleticism and choreography from “The Raid” that you can expect from “Headshot”:
Now that’s not to say this is as good as “The Raid” or its sequel; at two hours “Headshot” is too long and by the end it gets a little more serious and less fun than its pulpy plot would indicate. But as we said previously, if you are a fan of “John Wick” and want a similar action fix, or if you’ve always wanted to see a “Bourne”-type movie starring a guy who can actually fight rather than Matt Damon, this is not one you want to miss.
“Headshot” is currently available for purchase or rent on iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube etc.