365 Days of Roku: Day 1 – Amazon Prime’s HEADSHOT

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HEADSHOT-Needlessly convoluted with a purposely fragmented and confusing structure, no doubt aping such films as MEMENTO, there’s room for frustration and dislike when watching director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang’s HEADSHOT. However it is, for much of its running time, done and played well; and the central conceit such an intriguing idea, that it transcends mimicry and suspect storytelling, to be an involving film in spite of itself.

Stylish and existential, this is a very different crime thriller, that has a voice over (a film noir trope for this new age film noir) that is compelling.

The movie does lose momentum mid-way through, forgetting to use in any meaningful way or examine the interesting idea of the title character’s affiction, and becomes a rather ordinary and plodding man on the run film.

So a film not without its failings but one that has enough intriguing moments to transcend those failings, and have you interested in the end. Grade: C+.

Today’s Recommended Roku Amazon Prime TV Guide Watch List

Recommended list of on-demand movies/programs to catch on Roku today:

AMAZON PRIME

THE PACT- this for most of its running time is far more interesting and compelling than your typical jump-scare ghost movie. I think the film would have been better without the cheap last shot it tacks on, but that acknowledged it is still an intriguing view up to that point. Grade C+.

VALHALLA RISING- Lyric and Brutal

THE BAY- Starts off intriguing, loses its way and ends up in bad parody territory. But still worth a look.

RECYCLE- A fantasy film, with horror trappings,  wonderful visuals elevate this tale that is equal parts Alice in Wonderland and Dante’s Inferno by way of Thai Mythology

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