Headshot But Still Kicking
September 29th, 2012 § Leave a Comment
We’ve had some creepy and unsettling scores reverberating throughout the GI in recent years, but none more apropo than the one giving “Headshot” its unnerving edge. What is it that is at the bottom of the bass tones and scrapes? I swear it’s dental drills. I think Pen-Ek has tapped into a global fear and hatred of the dentist’s office, and is driving his drill deep into our psyches to create one of the best thrillers I’ve seen in recent years, up there with last year’s GI favorite “Drive.” And how is it so “apropo” you might ask? The GI used to be a dentist’s office for chrissakes! Ponder on that and perhaps the eerieness will put you in the ultimate mindset for All Monsters Attack in just a week’s time!
What else can I say about this film? Well, like “Drive,” it’s pure noir/thriller goodness through the uncanny eyes of a modern auteur. And where any American mainstream movie that used an assassin who sees upside-down as a premise would be full of over-the-top moments capitalizing on its “uniqueness,” Ratanaruang has crafted a unique portrait of trying to discover justice on both sides of the law, and uses POV sparing to much greater effect. Seeing a television turned upside tells us a lot more than five minutes of POV adjusting to everyday life. Of course there are twists and turns, all with interweaving timelines that at times you you running to catch up, and other times leave you strolling just long enough to catch your breath.
What am I trying to say? Cleanse your cinematic palate with the second Asian auteur masterpiece in as many weeks before we dive in to another fantastic year of horror, cult, and B-movie classics!
—–melancholic but all the better for it, dan