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Headshot

Headshot (2012)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

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A darkly turbulent crime noir from Thai new wave director Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Headshot is an existential thriller, ripe with shadowy paranoia that will turn your world upside-down, literally. This disorienting game of cat and mouse is played out in present-day Thailand, where corruption runs rampant and the good die young. When Tul, a straight-laced cop, is blackmailed by a powerful politician he soon becomes disillusioned by the state of human nature and, in his vengeful condition, is recruited

Oct 2, 2012

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While there are some great twists and revelations here, I just kept wishing it would stop with all the cinematic tricks and get to more conventional, straight- forward storytelling.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A dreamy, elliptical neo-noir about a cop turned killer turned something else altogether.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Headshot is, unfortunately, far better with ideas than with narrative.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
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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.

September 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Its vision of contemporary Thailand is recognizable as another society undeserving of redemption, but worthy of poetry.

September 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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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.

March 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

The visual contrast between the ultraviolent showdowns and the quieter, more character-driven moments is striking.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

This Thai crime thriller has some novel ideas and is strikingly shot, but a jumbled, overreaching narrative robs it of cohesion.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

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.

September 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A crisp crime thriller with a perfectly calibrated atmosphere

June 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Moviedex
Moviedex

It's wholly unfair to judge a movie on what it could have been, but few films place their potential on a pedestal and fail to engage it like Headshot.

June 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

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