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Headshot (2012)

Headshot (2012)

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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 to become a hitman for an iconoclastic group aimed at eliminating those who are above the law. But when a devastating blow turns Tul's vision upside-down, he finds himself engulfed by doubt, unaware of whether the condition is medical or a result of karmic retribution. -- (C) Official Site

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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 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
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A dreamy, elliptical neo-noir about a cop turned killer turned something else altogether.

September 27, 2012 | Rating: 3/5
New York Times
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Headshot is, unfortunately, far better with ideas than with narrative.

September 27, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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…
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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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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
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