The Raid star is back in action with extreme teaser for TIFF thriller 'Headshot'
The new action-thriller Headshot was directed by Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel, creators of 2009’s deranged horror film Macabre, and stars Iko Uwais, who portrayed the main cop in 2011’s hyper-violent The Raid and its equally mayhemic sequel 2014 sequel. So, the odds of this collaboration being a romantic-comedy were always rather slim and have now narrowed to nothing thanks the film’s new, and at times very brutal, teaser trailer.
The film finds Uwais playing a nameless man who wakes up in a hospital with severe head trauma, not knowing who he is or what happened to him. Assisted by a student doctor Ailin (Chelsea Islan), who nicknames him “Ishmael” after the character in Moby Dick, he recovers and tries to regain his memory. But Ishmael’s past catches up to 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.
XYZ Films and Vertical are distributing the film, which will be released in February 2017
Headshot receives its world premiere on Sept. 9 as part of the Toronto Film Festival Midnight Madness section. You can exclusively see the film’s teaser, above.