Release Date: April 8, 2016
Director: Ilya Naishuller
Staring: Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth, Hayley Bennett
Thanks Sam for the request to review Hardcore Henry. I’m not a huge fan of this movie but I do think that it deserves a wider audience. It went through theaters relatively unnoticed. I know that it is on Netflix in Canada right now so hopefully its available for you guys as well because its one of those movies that you love or forget about entirely.
Hardcore Henry certainly has its own identity and one of the first films to be shot completely in first person. In a lot of ways this movie feels like a video game. The whole film is composed of wall to wall action with not much more than that unfortunately. Henry’s point of view is all we see through the whole movie after he is resurrected with no prior memory. He then goes on a mission to save his wife.
The over the top action is almost constant. It’s unbelievable that this film only had a budget of 2 million bucks because the action scenes are really on point and there is some pretty ridiculous gore used as well. The action is certainly not the issue.
Sharlto Copley is really the only actor who stands out in the film. He’s essentially playing the live action version of Kenny from South Park. His characters are completely ridiculous and every time he pops up it seems like he is playing someone totally different.
The major issues with Hardcore Henry are story based. The story is set in a world where there are pretty much no consequences so it was difficult to get behind the characters and the depth was almost non-existent because the main character didn’t even speak. Hardcore Henry exists solely to blow your mind with action. I think I should also mention that you may find yourself getting motion sickness from this style of filmmaking. I didn’t myself but I have seen some other people online complaining that it gave them headaches. Cloverfield did that for me but not this.
Hardcore Henry gets a 50 out of 100