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the story can't sustain the bloated running time and the ongoing, gratuitous violence. It's not the best showcase for Uwais' skills when he's bringing his fists to a gunfight.
Headshot is rarely as good as Uwais, but he makes the bloody beat-em-up worth a look.
A bone-crunching Indonesian bloodbath that stars the same actor from The Raid and feels like it was cut together from that film's deleted footage.
This lethally brutal exercise in Indonesian martial-arts mayhem - featuring the charismatic Iko Uwais ("The Raid" franchise), a living, breathing action figure - is definitely not for the squeamish nor anyone who has just eaten lunch.
Despite Headshot's flaws, it does have a mesmerizing quality in its illustration of humanity's dark side, social and spiritual. It's a film that coaxes into its world rather than drags.
Fans of extreme Asian genre action won't care that things eventually grow somewhat predictable and repetitive: In terms of sheer, punchy physical vigor, "Headshot" is a knockout.
It was as if I opened a puzzle only to find that the majority of the items within the box didn't belong. How do you get a lint covered gummy bear, a harmonica, three bullets, and a corner puzzle piece to fit together? You don't.
There is, of course, no reason that Headshot should have been The Raid, but it still comes across as just a little bit disappointing that it's not.
Headshot stops somewhere short of mind-blowing, especially if you've seen Uwais in action before, but it's another thoroughly satisfying showcase for his talents.
Although narratively flawed, the brutality factor is through the roof and there are still plenty of thrills to keep true action giddy with joy.
It might not be in the same league as The Raid or John Wick, but it makes a decent fist of it.
It's a cliché to call these fights balletic or the camerawork athletic. But the combination of these movements -- of bodies and frames, in harmony and in evocative tension -- is mesmerizing.
Unfortunately every film Iko Uwais is and will be compared to The Raid films which is a shame because this film is great but all the bad reviews mention The Raid films in their reviews, The film itself is very good with some great bloody action, Maybe the story is a little over done and it has a few plot holes but it's mostly about the action scenes and if you just watch it for them you will enjoy it just as much as The Raid.
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