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After his plans to assassinate a corrupt businessman go awry, dutiful-cop-turned-cynical-hitman Tul wakens from a three-month coma to find his vision has been completely inverted. Events are slowly revealed to the audience in this noir thriller through a chronology that traverses various stages of Tul's life prior to the failed assassination attempt. Events become increasingly more puzzling when Tul becomes infatuated with an alluring stranger, and the cause of Tul's condition, whether the result of a biological anomaly or some spiritual punishment, takes an unexpected turn.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 11
- Fresh: 7
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 6.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A dreamy, elliptical neo-noir about a cop turned killer turned something else altogether.
Rotten: Neither fresh nor especially satisfying, but Ratanaruang distinguishes the hunt with his fluid kineticism, especially in the just-a-touch-too-infrequent shoot-outs and beatdowns.
Fresh: This "Buddhist film noir," as writer-director Pen-ek Ratanaruang calls it, is surprisingly slow-moving and soulful for a film full of double-crosses and cold-blooded killing.
Fresh: If the titular headshot leaves Tul with inverted vision, the film too turns the characteristics of genre upside-down, defamiliarising everything - an effect that is helped considerably by Ratanaruang's way with moody stylisation.
I completely enjoyed this film. While it looks like an action film (and it is), it offers philosophical content not generally seen in this genre. Great to see works of this level coming out of Thailand and Pen-Ek Ratanaruang is a director to watch for. Definitely worth a view.
Unique and entertaining
What could be worse than waking from a coma to find that people are trying to finish you off? Ratanaruang shows us, successfully flipping the cherished but often tired cat-and-mouse game storyline upside-down.
I thought this film was exciting & intellectually stimulating at the same time - something I look for in films. I suggest movie watchers to definitely check Headshot out!