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A hitman named Tul is shot in the head during an assignment. When he wakes up from a two month coma Tul discovers that he literally sees everything upside down.
A cop-turned-hitman gets shot in the head and rendered comatose for 3 months. When he wakes up, his vision is (literally) upside-down, to match his skewed moral perspective. An obvious metaphor or a really cool one? In my topsy-turvy world, there's often no difference!
This is getting compared to Memento for its fractured (and sometimes confusing) chronology, which unlike in Memento has nothing to do with our hero's perception problem. That and some over-my-head philosophical overtones are only a small drag on the magnificent atmosphere, which makes me think of Jean-Pierre Melville crossed with Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
I went in expecting a big dumb Thai action movie, but I can't imagine that would have been as satisfying as this.
Features a weird, useless gimmick that is eventually ignored once no one can figure out what to do with it, only to be reintroduced towards the end in a last ditch effort for pseudo profundity. So kind of the entire movie in a nutshell. Still, anything by Pen-ek can't be a complete waste. He's got a great eye and there's some not bad action. Just too bad this is coming after the great trifecta of Invisible Waves/Ploy/Nymph.
It is no secret that I am a fan of Thai director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang. His brilliant suicidal love story Last Life in the Universe is one of all-time favorite films. So, to say I was excited for his latest film, Headshot, would be an understatement. Headshot is centered around Tul (Nopachai Chaiyanam), a cop turned hit man, that has his life turned upside down, literally. Ratanaruang took a clichéd saying and turned it into a slow-burn of a noir-ish crime thriller.
The viewer is introduced to Tul while he is working on one of his contract killings. He shaves his head and wears the robes of a Buddhist monk in order to get close to his target. The assassination, of…
I shouldn't have watched this one ironing as it requires concentration so will have to rewatch..
Nopachai Chaiyanam plays Tul an upside down seeing cop/hitman.
Lots of action though struggled to keep up with what was going on.
oh his hair changes quite a bit
The premise is interesting and the first 30 minutes or so of this crime thriller are pretty intriguing and border on exciting. But it quickly goes down hill with really contrived dialogue dialogue and plot turns that feel like bad 90s film making.
The characters are somewhat engaging but the plot really starts to drag by the halfway point and the plot becomes too predictable and convenient.
First half = pretty great.
second half = really came close to walking out I was so bored.
A Thai film about an ex cop who becomes a hitman, taking out the supposed evil higher-ups in the world (politicians, businessman, etc.). This was honestly pretty bland which is a shame because I was really looking forward to it. The action was dull and the sloppy character development and dialogue did nothing to offset that. It was predictable and honestly pretty boring, treading absolutely no new ground whatsoever aside from giving the main character a ridiculous defect for, seemingly, the whole purpose of delivering some trite dialogue near the end of the film. It started out ok with a decent sequence showing how he got the defect, plus an ok flashback sequence with him and a prostitute, but it was all downhill after that. I think flashbacks are starting to get on my nerves, do you hear me JJ Abrams??!!?
Should've been better, but in hindsight, the only distinctive thing is his condition and since they barely do anything with it, it's just a bland hitman movie.
Part of March around the world challenge 2015 Film #20: Thailand
I have good memories of "Last life in the universe", so "Headshot" it has been certainly a disappointment. It is watchable, but it has several falts from the narrative to the formal tricks. I'll have to rewatch "Last life in the universe" soon.
Tinc bon records de "Last life in the universe", per tant "Headshot" ha estat definitivament una decepció. Es pot veure, però té varis defectes desde la narrativa als seus trucs formals. Hauré de revisionar aviat "Last life in the universe".
Started somewhat strong, Ratanaruang's ability to shoot POV violence in particular set the tone for what seemed like a potentially inventive genre dabbling but, ultimately, Headshot drags onwards, labored thematics of change and identity coupled with a dumb and overplotted hitman narrative.
Also, if you're gonna commit to an upside down POV/camera element, at least use it a bit more often.
interminable. like the director of last life in the universe tried to do his best christopher nolan impression
Etwas langatmig und belanglos trotzdem gibt es schöne Bilder und einige cool inszenierte Szenen. Man hätte ein paar Minuten rausnehmen sollen um zu einem runderen Gesamtbild zu kommen. Leider wurde aus der "Kopfüber" Idee nicht sonderlich viel gemacht, mich überraschten allerdings die sympathischen Personen und die vor allem gegen Ende guten Dialoge. Der Soundtrack gefiel mir wirklich gut und passte perfekt zu den Szenen. Action gab es relativ wenig. Ich würde den Film jetzt nicht wirklich empfehlen man kann ihn aber sehen.
As usual, Headshot’s cold opening and pulsing soundscapes help to build intrigue from the start, being aided here by its thriller edgings. And as expected, Ratanaruang slowly turns it on its head - literally. In other words, this is him in his element: not trying his hand at different genres in the vain pursuit of something more ‘mature’, but delicately shifting the ground beneath a seductive, pulpy framework (and even tapping into the Zen of Nymph more successfully at that). Despite being more of a genre entry, this is easily one of Ratanaruang’s better films of late, and a slick encapsulation of all his trademarks.
The long pauses and establishing shots give it a dramatic, dream-like quality. When the director of the masterpiece "Last Life in the Universe" does a hitman flick, this is what it looks like. Beautiful and slow.
Way better than I was expecting considering how poorly advertised it was. The plot spends a good portion of the runtime in some nonsensical territory, but otherwise this is an excellent Thai genre film that is marvelously tense from start to finish. You can't stop watching.
Visually and stylistically interesting, but man what a godawful script.
the term hidden is debatable. stumbled upon most of these.
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