Release date: April 8, 2016
Studio: STX Entertainment
Director: Ilya Naishuller
MPAA Rating: R (for non-stop bloody brutal violence and mayhem, language throughout, sexual content/nudity and drug use)
Screenwriter: Ilya Naishuller
Starring: Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett, Andrey Dementiev, Dasha Charusa, Sveta Ustinova
Hardcore Henry is in a league of its own as the first live-action film entirely shot alla a first-person shooter video game. That premise alone had me wanting to see, Hardcore Henry. 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 (Danila Kozlovsky); 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 (Sharlto Copley.) 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. That brief premise as well as the one-of-a-kind filmmaking had me wanting to see Hardcore Henry from day one. Whether the story would hold up beyond that initial premise and successfully draw me in, and take me on the ride I didn’t know but my curiosity was piqued and I wanted to find out. And I still do….
It became clear within minutes into the film that not all stomachs are created equal. Only about 30 minutes into Henry’s second chance at life, at least four moviegoers exited the screening of Hardcore Henry never to return. This reviewer didn’t last much longer. My premature exit from the theatre had nothing to do with judgment of the film, but everything to do with motion sickness. My curiosity has not been satiated and I do hope to finish watching Hardcore Henry when it is released on the small screen. A live action first person shooter feature film shot in all its go-pro glory was just too much for this stomach and seems more appropriate on the small screen. From the little I did see of Hardcore Henry I can tell you that this film exploits all the video game trademarks of excessive violence, pain, mouthy side kick characters, pretty mysterious women, and over the top bad guys.