Video game culture is a worldwide phenomena and first person shooters dominate the platforms, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that sooner or later, Hollywood would want to capitalize on this style in the gaming industry. Enter the high risk/high reward concept in the form of Hardcore Henry, a first person movie where the audience is the man in the middle of the chaos.
Now let us address the 500 pound gorilla in the room right off the bat when it comes to Hardcore Henry. If you have a problem with motion sickness that comes with the shaky first person shooting style, this film is not for you. If you can handle the innovative technique of filming, then strap yourself in for a wild and violent ride like you’ve never seen on film before. Hardcore Henry‘s title says it all. This movie is hardcore.
If you’re looking for a film on an Oscar caliber level when it comes to the story or the acting, this is not that movie. Hardcore Henry is pure escapism with the audience becoming the title character as you see what Henry sees through his eyes as he destroys his enemies trying to find out the truth about what happened to him. The film may fall behind in character depth, acting and story development at times, but Hardcore Henry is a technical achievement. You are literally thrown into the movie blasting your enemies with an array of weapons at close range while receiving help from your buddy Jimmy played by Sharlto Copley. The District 9 actor is actually the lead on paper in Hardcore Henry and looked to be having a great time playing your compadre who comes in many unique forms during the film.
You may be sent spinning at times as Henry falls from rooftops, but the film still has a nice flow as Hardcore Henry moves along at a frenetic pace. No matter what you think of Hardcore Henry after the credits roll, you have to respect the creators of the film for trying to give the audience something fresh and new. Some of the Sci-Fi aspects aren’t fully explained within the story, but at the end of the day it really doesn’t matter when it comes to this film. The movie experience is more of a rollercoaster ride that you strap yourself into for a 96 minute trip. Don’t think too hard and enjoy the ride that is Hardcore Henry.
Overall, I give Hardcore Henry 3 out of 4 pure escapism stars.
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