Hardcore Henry

April 18th, 2016


Hardcore Henry

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A first-person action film from the eyes of Henry, who's resurrected from death with no memory. He must discover his identity and save his wife from a warlord with a plan to bio-engineer soldiers.

Release Year: 2015

Rating: 6.9/10 (1,601 voted)

Critic's Score: 55/100

Director: Ilya Naishuller

Stars: Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth, Haley Bennett

Hardcore Henry is an action film told from a first person perspective: You remember nothing. Mainly because you've just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who's got her? His name's Akan; he's a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You're also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy. He may be on your side, but you aren't sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You're likely going to need it...

Writers: Ilya Naishuller, Will Stewart

Sharlto Copley - Jimmy
Danila Kozlovsky - Akan
Haley Bennett - Estelle
Tim Roth - Henry's Father
Andrei Dementiev - Slick Dmitry
Svetlana Ustinova - Olga the Dominatrix (as Sveta Ustinova)
Darya Charusha - Katya the Dominatrix
Oleg Poddubnyy - Yuri
Jack Hahn - Young Bully #1
Cyrus Arnold - Young Bully #2
Jake Karlen - Young Bully #3
Will Stewart - Robbie
Ilya Naishuller - Timothy
Martin Cooke - Marty (as Martin J. Cooke)
Sergey Chekrygin - Parking Lot Security (as Sergei Chikrigin)

Taglines: First they made him dangerous. Then they made him mad.


Official Website: Official site [Russia]

Country: Russia, USA

Language: English, Russian

Release Date: 8 April 2016

Filming Locations: Moscow, Russia

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Nearly entirely shot using GoPro Hero3 Black Edition cameras. See more »

User Review


Rating: 10/10

'Hardcore' is the riveting story of a newly-made cyborg who must save his wife from evil tyrants and...wait a minute. Who cares?? The whole movie is a blast!!

Ilya Naishuller is a young director who had a very cool idea to shoot an action film from a first-person perspective using a GoPro Hero3 Black Edition camera. The proof of concept was released as "Biting Elbows: Bad Motherf***er". It was pitched publicly and helped to successfully crowd-fund the feature, 'Hardcore'.

It's better to keep this short and sweet: the film is extraordinarily violent; not for the squeamish. It has plenty of action, free-running, stunts, and plenty of room for comedic elements. Even the opening titles give you a taste of what's to come!

Sharlto Copley (District 9, and other Neill Blomkamp projects) plays the main POV's assistant throughout the film. Copley definitely gives a range of character performances and is quality. Wearing many hats, he guides you along as if you were needing assistance in a video game, which, by the way, this film makes several references to. In particular, the Chernobyl level in Call of Duty 4 with Capt. MacMillian. Even the opening scenes are reminiscent of Half-Life, and a lot of the free-running scenes are inspired by Mirror's Edge.

For those who are wondering, no. You likely won't get dizzy watching a 90-minute action film from an FP perspective. Well, maybe you shouldn't sit in the front row. Otherwise, you will have a blast.

'Hardcore' is an all-around fun time. Just be okay with the violence. It's only 90 minutes of your time that you'll likely want to experience over and over again. Or, you'll just want to plug in a play a few games.

Either way, it's bloody fun!


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