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Headshot is a 2016 action movie starring Iko Uwais as a young man who washes ashore with amnesia after suffering a head shot. Cared for by an attractive doctor, who names him "Ishmael", he finds himself targeted by violent criminals who seem to know who he is.

This movie features the following tropes:

  • Amnesiac Hero: Ishmael.
  • Assassin Outclassin': While Ishmael is in the police station, thugs come to kill him. Although they slaughter everyone else in the station, Ishmael manages to take them all out.
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  • Big Bad: Lee, the enigmatic and ruthless leader of the gang hunting Ishmael.
  • Blofeld Ploy: Lee pulls this to one of the survivors of a rival gang after said gangs assassination attempt against him backfires.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Ishmael uses everything he can find to fight off his attackers, from guns to knives to a table he's handcuffed to.
  • Concealment Equals Cover: Ishmael survives an exploding grenade by using a wooden table as a shield.
  • Bulletproof Human Shield: Used by Lee in a shootout with a rival gang.
  • Dark Action Girl: Rika, one of the last people Ishmael faces before fighting the Big Bad, is also one of the deadliest.
  • Expy: Ishmael is pretty much an Indonesian Jason Bourne.
  • Eye Scream: One thug gets a bullet casing to the brain in the bus brawl with Ishmael
  • Femme Fatale: Rika.
  • Gratuitous English: Pretty much all of the villains speak English for some reason.
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  • Groin Attack: Lee implicitly threatens a gang member with this as an impromptu form of lie detection.
  • Hidden Weapons: A knife hidden in a wash bucket is used to kill a guard.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The thug mentioned below gets impaled through the throat with his own machete.
  • Hospital Hottie: Ailin, the doctor who operates on Ishmael, and befriends him, is very attractive.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How the big bad of the movie is defeated. He tries to return the favor.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Ishmael gets his name from a copy of Moby-Dick that Ailin is reading.
  • Machete Mayhem: In the fight at the police station, the first thug that attacks Ishmael wields a machete.
  • Made of Iron: The main character spends most of the movie with a bullet in his head, and never lets it slow him down.
    • Downplayed for the two guards and the mook who frees Sunny Pang in the opening, who all die but not before each taking multiple point blank shots to their chests.
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  • Never-Forgotten Skill: Just like Jason Bourne, Ishmael retains his combat prowess despite having amnesia.
  • Prison Riot: Lee instigates one of these as part of his escape plan
  • Taking You with Me: After being impaled against a jagged tree branch, Lee attempts to pull Ishmael into it as well. He might have succeeded if it weren't for Ailin coming to the rescue.
  • 'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain: Subverted, as getting shot in the head (the eponymous headshot) leaves the main character with total amnesia.
  • With My Hands Tied: Ishmael is chained to a table when the first thug attacks him in the station. It ends badly for the thug.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Lee is revealed to have abducted dozens of children who he would force to kill each other so that the survivor could be trained to become fanatic devotees to the gang
  • X Meets Y: The Raid meets The Bourne Identity.

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