The Raid (review HERE) and The Raid 2 (review HERE) , we instantly became fans of Indonesian genre films, marveling in the rapid-fire ferocity that is the Pencak Silat fighting style.
We then found a flick by The Mo Brothers called Killers (review HERE) that deepened our admiration of the small Island nation's ability to capture our imaginations.
From that point on, anyone who had anything to do with those films were on our radar, and we aggressively sought out anything we could find starring, produced by, or even choreographed by them, and ate them up: Macabre and Safe Haven (from The Mo Brothers); Merantau (by Gareth Evans, starring Iko Uwais); we even geeked out when we learned that the guys from The Raid flicks would have a small scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
So it goes without saying that when we heard that Iko Uwais would be starring in the new Mo Brothers flick, that we were instantly on board. And while it might not be quite as good as The Raid flicks, Headshot is one hell of a fun ride that gave us our fix of Indonesian ass-kicking.
|OR MAYBE THIS KIND OF SHIT IS JUST PART OF NORMAL, EVERYDAY LIFE IN INDONESIA.|
|OR MAYBE HE JUST WANTS TO STEAL HER PHONE.|
Good luck with that.
|SORRY DUDE, HE'S MADE OF IRON!|
And that is exactly why Headshot is so great, because it gives us nothing but that. The fight scenes in this movie are so beautifully choreographed that any of them could the final showdown in any number of action flicks, and it's filled with them.
Iko Uwais is a special talent. He's kind of got these boyish good looks that make him come off as really likable, and then he unleashes a barrage of Pencak Silat moves on demand, which makes him seem formidable and deadly. Because he is. He's a treat to watch, to the point where J.J. Abrams decided to "get the guys from The Raid movies" to be in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, just because he loved what they do so much. He just makes for a good everyday-man kind of hero, and he makes me wonder just how many people like him in Indonesia could lay a brutal ass-whipping on someone if they wanted to.
|MR. LEE AIN'T NO SLOUCH IN THE ASS-KICKING DEPARTMENT EITHER.|
|OH, THERE IS PLENTY OF PAIN!|
|JULIE ESTELLE IS ALWAYS SEXY THOUGH.|
|LIKE THE HALLWAY SCENE FROM OLDBOY, BUT WITH GUNS. SO IT'S OVER WAY QUICKER.|
If you liked The Raid movies though, then there's no reason that you won't dig this one just about as much, even if it's not quite up to par with them.
Headshot is available now on VOD.
Julie Estelle is that woman. We're not messing with Chelsea Islan either.