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  • Summary: Present day Thailand is rife with corruption. Tul, a straight-laced cop, is blackmailed by a powerful politician and framed for a crime he did not commit. Disillusioned and vengeful, he is soon recruited to become a hit-man for a shadowy group aimed at eliminating those who are above thePresent day Thailand is rife with corruption. Tul, a straight-laced cop, is blackmailed by a powerful politician and framed for a crime he did not commit. Disillusioned and vengeful, he is soon recruited to become a hit-man for a shadowy group aimed at eliminating those who are above the law. But one day, Tul is shot in the head during an assignment. He wakes up after a three-month coma to find that he sees everything upside-down, literally. Unaware of whether the condition is medical or a result of karmic retribution, Tul begins to have second thoughts about his profession. But when he tries to quit, roles are reversed, and the hunter becomes the hunted. Then he
    meets a girl who turns his world even more upside down. Can Tul find redemption from the violence that continues to haunt him? (Kino Lorber)
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  1. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Sep 25, 2012
    80
    The most "Naked City"–worthy aspect is the film's temperature, fixed precisely between cool posturing and broiling anomie. Its vision of contemporary Thailand is recognizable as another society undeserving of redemption, but worthy of poetry.
  2. Reviewed by: Elise Nakhnikian
    Sep 24, 2012
    75
    This "Buddhist film noir," as writer-director Pen-ek Ratanaruang calls it, is surprisingly slow-moving and soulful for a film full of double-crosses and cold-blooded killing.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Sep 25, 2012
    60
    The awesome shit's awesome; the ponderous is ponderous; and the bloody corpses are arranged as artfully as wedding bouquets.
  4. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Sep 27, 2012
    60
    A dreamy, elliptical neo-noir about a cop turned killer turned something else altogether.
  5. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Sep 26, 2012
    50
    Headshot is, unfortunately, far better with ideas than with narrative.
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