Cert: 18 Runtime: 96 mins Director: Ilya Naishuller Cast: Sharlto Copley, Haley Bennett, Tim Roth, Danila Kozlovsky and Andrei Dementiev
Each year one hundred thousand baseball bats are sold in Russia, and at most 50 baseballs. Gives an idea for great Russian pastime
To begin I like many reviews here need to clarify what this film is so you are not mistaken. This film is exactly what the trailers show, a shaky, violent and very motion jarring film. The trailers aren’t just exaggerated it is how the movie was actually filmed, by literally strapping a camera mount to a stunt actors face. Being a avid movie-goer and gamer I had no problems with the fast motion nature BUT I have heard it does give people motion sickness and headaches so make sure before you watch! What is Hardcore Henry then? Awoken by his wife (Haley Bennett) he soon finds himself being shot at before his wife is kidnapped. Held hostage by a group of mercenaries headed up by a warlord by the name of Akan (Danila Kozlovsky), Henry must fight to get her back.
First person perspective has been used multiple times in cinema, mainly to conjure a sense of involvement, but none had used it as ambitious as “Hardcore Henry”. It’s entirely done in first person view and an appreciated tribute to gamer. This is a full blown mayhem, the fans of fast pace action would certainly love it although there’s a couple of flaws that hamper it ascension.The movie wants to put audience in the eye of Henry, the silent protagonist of typical action games. It’s a fun ride through car chase, foot chase, shooting alley, shooting in the open space and everything else in between. Some minute details are incredibly effective to get the immersion right, these might happen a bit too over-the-top but the result is undeniable.As much as I want to praise it completely, those who want more flair in narrative might not be content, still one would know what to expect when seeing this movie. It also has a few odd transitions that otherwise would be more fluid if done in traditional fashion. Having viewed in first person while things explode nearby is inevitably hectic. The silent protagonist shtick might work for immersion but the characterisation department takes a hit.”Hardcore Henry” is an ambitious project, it doesn’t reach utter greatness due to inherent limitations, and nevertheless it’s one ridiculously amazingly enjoyable ride.