In the prologue to HEADSHOT we’re quickly introduced to our lead character, the camera floating as a first person shot. Wearing monk robes, the man walks into a compound, raises a gun, then…
Months later, he wakes up, only to have his life turned upside down, literally. Whether it’s a bullet in his head or some other cause, we’re never told, we just know that for him nothing will ever be the right way ’round.
The metaphor is laid on thick naturally, and could easily have been used to excess. Instead, the sparing use of the upside down POV, particularly during some of the extremely well executed creep scenes, remains fresh and welcome throughout. There’s dames that betray, slick gun fights, running through damp forests and other fun things that make a genre pic of this kind so much fun.
The performances are great, with decent modulation as the story progresses. Similarly, the cinematography is controlled, a murky, desaturated look that compliments the narrative effectively.
A stylish, noir-ish, Thai-concept thriller, HEADSHOT is quite a fun film to watch.