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Hardcore Henry

6.71 h 36 min2016X-Ray18
You remember nothing. 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. 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.
Ilya Naishuller
Sharlto CopleyTim RothHaley Bennett
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4.4 out of 5 stars

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AlbatrossReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 January 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Probably the greatest film ever
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Yes, it’s true, when historians look back at the finest works of art ever committed to celluloid, ‘Hardcore Henry’ will trump Citizen Cane, Empire Strikes Back and the Godfather. Just kidding. However, just because it won’t sweep the Oscars doesn’t mean that it’s not a blast.

First of all, before you decide whether or not to see it, let me ask you a question… do you know what an ‘FPS’ is? If the answer is ‘no’ then you probably won’t agree with my – slightly flippant – opening comment about ‘Hardcore Henry’ being the greatest film ever. If you do know that ‘FPS’ is a computer-gaming term referring to ‘first person shooters’ then you’ll probably be aware that the entire film is shot through the eyes of the titular ‘Henry’ – a genetically-enhanced human who has the skills (and firepower) to shoot, blast and kick his way through hordes of faceless enemy goons (oh, and one telekinetic ‘end-of-level’ boss).

Basically, this ‘film’ (and I put ‘film’ deliberately in quotes) plays out like one long computer game (or ‘FPS’ I should say). It has minimal story and character development, simply moving from one breath-taking set-piece to the next. So, if you’re looking for deep and meaningful story-telling, then best you look somewhere else. This plays out like one long music video, relaying on special effects and awesome stunts to wow the audience – as long as you’re aware of this (and possibly have a healthy appreciation for the FPS genre) then you should be entertained. Oh, and just because Henry stays mute throughout the whole film, doesn’t mean that there isn’t some pretty snappy and hilarious dialogue courtesy of the (ever reliable) Sharlto Copely.

And ‘entertained’ is the word. This film’s selling points is its stunts, not its story. And it is a landmark achievement in film-making, if not storytelling. It really is well-done when you consider that it’s trying to tell a story using a silent main character and shot entirely from his point of view. Basically, ‘Hardcore Henry’ isn’t Shakespeare, it’s just good, daft, action-packed fun. And, if you’re aware of this, you should enjoy its pure over-the-top silliness, shooting and stunts.
38 people found this helpful
OUATIA (Best film ever made)Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 January 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Exceptional!!!!!!! But it won't be to everyone's taste, and we need more films like this..T his film is a sprint not a marathon.
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I will not watch any films shot on a hand held camera as they do not represent what the human brain interprets through the eyes, e.g. if you put a camera on the helmet of a motocross rider the image will come back stable as the whole human body works as a shock absorber. This film-maker however, understands how humans process images. Even though it is filmed entirely in First Person View, the framing, continuity, marking ,is exceptional. I was totally gripped throughout, and was constantly trying to work out how they had done certain scenes.
The sense of humor in this film is reminiscent of Starship Troopers and combining the humour with the violence works really well. The chase on foot above the bridge and then catching the baddie on the escalator was highly impressive.
This film is exceptional in it's concept of how films should be shot. Something that has been lost since the golden days of film, when you used to be able to See everything, Hear everything, and scenes were framed properly so that you were not constantly looking at somebody's shoulder.
Out of 100 I would only deduct 1.5 points, one for a question as to why AKAN would need an army considering his own power, and 0.5 for perhaps a wider angle lens might have been better, but I did watch it on TV not cinema.
Exceptional talent in the art of film making here Will be following Ilya Naishuller with interest.
NarcoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 April 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
10 Cheeki Breekis out of 10
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Epic. Kept me gripped from start to finish, with fantastic chase scenes, fight scenes and some interesting visuals. I'm not the type to get motion sick, but the first 15-20 minutes were a little hard to watch. just till you get adjusted to the POV. It's like playing a game with head bob turned to max.
Borrows from lots of computer games, DOOM, DUKE NUKEM, ARMA and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. to name but a few.
I'm not the biggest fan of action movies but this was very well done.
12 people found this helpful
G. HanksReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 May 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Ready player boom!
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Hardcore Henry is, at the least, the first person shooter videogame distilled into movie format. A flight of bombast, gore and explosive violence all from the silent protagonist Henry's point of view.

It's a straight forward plot that has just enough in it to keep the viewer interested yet keeps the action coming at a steady and explosive pace to ensure that blinking isn't an option. It feels fresh and new but still has enough structure to be more than a series of action scenes spliced together.

There are some decent performances as well, Haley Bennett plays the love interest well and Sharlto Copley gives a variety of great performances which I won't delve into too much for fear of spoilers. He's well worth the price of entry though. Danila Kozlovsky also does a great job camping it up as Akan, the main villain of the piece, delighting in his sadistic role.

There is plenty of humour packed in here too, often camp and ridiculous along with some laughable death moments spliced into the tight choreography and air-punch inspiring scenes. It certainly doesn't take itself seriously and really knows how to; not just nod at videogame storytelling, but take a bow to it. Boss fights, scenes that feel like levels, Copley's place as waypoint giver, even a nod to health upgrades all come together to make the whole film feel like an homage to gaming and at the same time a new take on the action film genre.

There are only really two main downsides to the whole experience. Firstly, some scenes feel disconnected and whilst there is a sense of space for Henry's movement, often the enemies seem to either pop out of nowhere or take too long to physically reach him that makes them feel like they're all queueing up to get punched... which at some points they clearly are. Secondly I watched this on a 49" screen and whilst I experiemented with different settings the first person view and cuts are pretty heavy on the eyes and hard to watch on a large screen. I watched the same scenes on a smaller screen on Youtube and they seemed to fare better there. This may be due to my own set up as I found similar issues with The Raid on a larger screen.

All told though this is a recommended purchase for action fans and gamers alike (pretty sure that's a large crossover on the venn diagram) and I had a lot of fun watching it. It's a solid thumbs up and is going to be a unique experience for anyone who thinks they've seen it all.
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Zack LukeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 July 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining action gore fest
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This whole movie felt like a video game! Being a fan of first person shooters I really wanted to see this! Was really fun and different from the usual action movies. I loved the first person perceptive and the explosive action scenes, they were exciting! I wasn't keen on one of the characters Jimmy, I found him genuinely annoying and wanted him to p*ss off most of the time, but he served a purpose I guess, just kind of dragged the movie down for me a little, but I can't really say anything else to negative as I did find this film enjoyable. It's gory, has decent plot, SCI-FI element, plenty of entertaining shoot outs and has amazing humour. Not one to be taken to seriously, just something original and fun for an evening viewing. May not be for everyone mind, I can certainly see that this won't appeal to everyone. I think this movie falls more to the left where game fans are standing.
4 people found this helpful
Ness1Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 January 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Get out the Travel sick pills...
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An odd one this. Concept is basically let’s make a first person movie that resembles a video game. That bit worked hilariously well. So did Sharlto Copley who seems to be having such a huge time playing multiple characters.

The stunts are insane, the body count off the clock and the travel sickness I had to choke down now and then wa a bit of a concern as the movie gives you no time to really take a break. The camera is constantly on the move in some very jerky whip pans.

The only major trouble is the story has plot holes big enough to drive several very large vehicles through. But, then again, I didn’t really pick them up until I’d had time to process what I’d actually witnessed, so as a piece of completely brainless entertainment this movie works exceedingly well. Sound track is pretty pumping too.
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Paul_ABZReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 February 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fun, impressive computer-game violence - just fails to engage
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When he is resurrected with no memory and new robotic limbs Henry must save his kidnapped wife from a telekinetic psychopath that has plans to weaponise a robo-army. From the opening credits (graphic, but blackly comic violence) you can tell this isn’t your usual action film - most of the movie is shot from a ‘First Person’ perspective, from the point-of-view of ‘Henry’ using a chest-cam.

Hardcore Henry is basically 90 minutes of running/jumping/shooting/punching through a long line of obstacles; with some awesome freerunning/parkour with seemingly no wires (and no brains!), and high intensity and very high quality stuntwork: the elements combine to create a truly unique action spectacle. There’s also a great anarchic/punk sensibility to the movie; anything goes, and there’s a lot of crazy & zany elements… it even using things like subtitles to make a few jokes with. The biggest problem is that when everything is up at 150% the whole time, you end up becoming numb to it by about the half way point. Another downside of the FPS style is that the head-cam is very shaky and has a warped fish-eye lens which distorts a lot of the frame.

Hardcore Henry is a film that’s truly cutting edge, in that it couldn't have been made even a couple of years ago - the only remotely close comparison you could draw would be a less offensive, but higher-octane version of crank. It’s fun, impressive, and completely mental, but overall struggles to engage after a while. Best viewed after consuming a twelve pack of Red Bull.
3 people found this helpful
BenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 July 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
"It's me....Jimmy."
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This is probably the best video game inspired film ever made. I normally don't like brainless action movies and, make no mistake, that's what this is. The FPS point of view was an interesting risk for the producers to take, and I think that they realised in order to make it work you couldn't have much in the way of a nuanced plot. So instead they used utterly bombastic set pieces and ridiculously hammy acting. Somehow, it works brilliantly, and I had a grin on my face the entire time that I was watching. A special mention has to go to Sharlto Copley who is simply incredible in this, and without him, the film would probably not have worked. Avoid if you're looking for something that will make you think or if you don't really like gore, but if you're just looking for an hour and a half of ridiculous and silly fun then this film has everything that you need. And Tim Roth, for some reason.
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