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Headshot (Review)


aka ฝนตกขึ้นฟ้า
Based on the novel by Win Lyovarin
Written and directed by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang

Pen-Ek Ratanaruang’s Headshot follows a hitman who awakens from a coma to find he is seeing everything upside down. It’s called a metaphor, one that Headshot has the main character explain to everyone in case no one bothered to get the symbolism. Headshot is a stylish but plodding action noir, as hitman Tul is drawn back into the world of being a hired gun, and we get background information that explains where he came from.

The strengths of Headshot is the unexpected directions the story goes, the fact it suddenly becomes a road movie during a carjacking scene, the characters who jump in and out of the tale and when they reappear, it’s almost as if they are completely different characters. Headshot is brilliant but hindered by inconsistent decisions on whether to trust the audience to figure anything out.
On that, I’m especially insulted by Headshot explaining that seeing everything upside down is a metaphor for seeing everything a new way. Thanks, reporter from the International Journal of Duh! It’s also not that surprising when a character is mysteriously dead in a movie where there are hit men and rival factions. But don’t fret, you get told twice what really happened, in case you missed it the first time. Headshot should have just let us figure it out, trusted that we knew enough of the genre to make the connections. Yes, it is safe to go off the reservations, and Headshot does make those attempts, but those are the times when we need to get a bit of information.

Headshot throws in some great cinematography and sets, my favorite is the gun battle in the dark forest in the rain, making the chaos of violence even more unpredictable and dangerous.

Tul (Nopachai Chaiyanam as Nopporn Chaiyanam) – Former cop turned reluctant assassin after he’s framed for corruption and murder when he tries to take down a corrupt minster. Shot during a botched hit, he awkaens to see everything upside down. Now his attempt to escape both his former lives are catching up to him.
Rin (Sirin Horwang) – Driver of a car Tul manages to repeatedly carjack while being chased by men with guns. Forms an interesting bond with Tul, who always seems to be at a threashold of lifestyle choices. Sirin Horwang is also in the assassin film Saturday Killer.
Joy / Tiwa (Chanokporn Sayoungkul) – Seductive woman who Tul meets and instantly beds, only to find murdered the next morning. But it was all a setup, and Joy (real name Tiwa) thought it was just a joke. Feeling guilty, she takes Tul in after he is released and begins a relationship with him.
Dr. Sruang Santiprasoert (Kiat Punpiputt as Krerkkiat Punpiputt) – A physician who writes despondent philosophical papers under the name The Demon. He believes that evil genes dominate and evil people can take over if no one stops them. Thus he starts a secret assassination ring to take out bad people. But that just causes more problems.

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Posted by Tars Tarkas - June 28, 2013 at 6:42 am

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