‘Headshot’ Trailer Presents a World Where Down is Up and Pen-ek Ratanaruang is the New Christopher Nolan

A man awakens from a long coma to some disturbing news. First, he discovers that it was a bullet to the head that almost killed him. Second, he now sees the world upside down.

Headshot tells the story of a hitman who recovers from a bullet wound to the cranium and returns to the job with a minor handicap. He can move, think, and behave normally, but he’s forced to view everything upside down. This literal flip flop bleeds out to his metaphorical world as well leaving him discombobulated, confused and intent on discovering the truth about who shot him and why.

Obviously the Christopher Nolan comparison is a bit of a stretch, but a few elements bring his name into the discussion. The most obvious being that the production company behind the movie is called Memento Films. But there’s also a lead protagonist with a head injury whose moral compass seems a bit out of whack and a storyline that lives the majority of its time in the past. Tenuous connection or not, Headshot looks to be an exciting and intriguing thriller.

Check out the trailer below… but only if you don’t foresee watching the movie anytime soon. It appears to give way too much away.

Probably should have warned you about the boobies, I apologize. But that faux pas aside, what do you think?

It’s difficult to tell strictly from a trailer, but it looks to be Ratanaruang’s most accessible film yet.  His past work, including Last Life in the Universe and Invisible Waves, aren’t exactly fast-moving, action oriented affairs. Headshot looks to share some of their more contemplative moments, but it also seems to make room for a healthy dose of action, sex and corruption. Of course, as mentioned above, it also appears to give entirely too much of the plot away.

Headshot has been making the international/festival circuit, but there’s no word yet on a US release.

Rob is the Chief Film Critic of Film School Rejects. He doesn't eat cheese on weekdays.

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