February 2017 is shaping up to be a wonderful month for fans of bone-crunching fight scenes and wild gunplay. At least as far as movies go. Not only does John Wick: Chapter 2 open, but The Raid star Iko Uwais is back to dismantle dudes in the Mo Brothers’ Headshot. The film made the fall festival rounds and just dropped a second trailer that continues to deliver on the promise of the first.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak the language and that there are no subtitles, Headshot looks every bit as awesome as I’ve dreamed. The plot revolves around an amnesiac man (Iko Uwais) nursed back to health by a helpful student. When his past comes back to haunt him and villainous goons kidnap her, he must pummel the living shit out of them in order to save the day. Sold.
Here’s a synopsis with more specifics:
A nameless man (Uwais) wakes up in a hospital with severe head trauma, not knowing who he is or what happened to him. Assisted by devoted student doctor Ailin (Chelsea Islan), who nicknames him "Ishmael" after the character in Moby Dick, he recovers and tries to regain his memory. Naturally, Ishmael's past is about to catch up with him, in the form of Lee (Sunny Pang), a drug lord and gang boss whose tentacles reach deep into the police and the penal system. When Ailin is kidnapped and Ishmael sets out to get her back, he finds himself pitted against an array of skilled fighters who may have been his former colleagues. As Ishmael battles through a series of deadly fights with this squad of enforcers, fragments of his past are teased out and the puzzle of his identity begins to come together.
The simple fact that Iko Uwais fronts Headshot is more than enough to start me drooling. But the Mo Brothers (Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto, Macabre) show a slick, skilled eye for action, and they stocked their movie with a slew of supporting talent to unleash delightful cinematic violence.
In addition to Iko Uwais, the cast features Julie Estelle and Very Tri Yulisman, AKA Hammer Girl and Baseball Bat Man from The Raid 2. And Sunny Pang, Chelsea Islan, David Hendrawan, and Zack Lee all figure into the scenario.
Headshot opens in Indonesia on Christmas Day (Merry Christmas, indeed) and XYZ Films and Vertical Entertainment will reportedly unleash it elsewhere in February 2017.