Thursday, April 7, 2016

Hardcore Henry
Releases April 8th, 2016
1 hr 36 mins
Rated R
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
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Director: Ilya Naishuller
Writers: Ilya Naishuller; Will Stewart (additional writing by)

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

Plot Summary:
  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... Written by STX Entertainment

Review by D. Hicks:

  If you don't know what a "first person shooter" is, a "First Person Shooter" refers to a video game where everything is told from your perspective where the point of view is that you shoot guns, swing swords, what have you. The games that use this viewpoint of story telling are games like "Doom", "Wolfenstein", "Call of Duty", "Battlefield", etc. 

  If you don't like those experiences or a shaky camera view like "Blair Witch Project" or handheld filmed films. Then pass on this film.

  The film is told from a first person perspective, and gets pretty crazy. Just watch the trailer. It is the story of a man trying to get back to his wife, who was kidnapped by the mysterious "Akan" (played in a psychotic evil genius way by Danila Kozlovsky). The whole film is chock full of action, explosions, gun fights, and all forms of violence. But the whole film is told as if you were seeing all of this from your viewpoint, like you are the one actually doing it (if you were a mute 6 foot tall white guy.) . 

  For those of you that don't play video games and want to check it out, Go with my full blessing. I loved it, The story was nuts at times, and the shaky camera work was kind of crazy (but for a Go Pro Hero 3 Black Edition, pretty damn impressive) {Go Pro Send us some love!}, but probably one of the most fun and insane films I've seen this year. The Director/ Writer Ilya Naishuller made a fun film where anyone over the age of 17 could enjoy it. I may be biased because I'm a adult male, but I had fun. 

  Sharlto Copley plays a cast of characters with different personalities and basically shows how versatile he is and just a damn good actor. Haley Bennett plays a woman who is his wife but has secrets of her own. 

  If any of the above makes you go "Damn I want to see this movie now!" Then run to your nearest theater and go see this. For those of you that get sick watching handheld films like "The Blair Witch Project" or films of that ilk, than I'd suggest taking some meds to make that not happen and go see this at your desecration. (Note from writer: PLEASE DON'T BARF IN THE THEATER) 
  My rating for this film is 4 out of 5 stars, Go see this to get the theater experience and to watch it on a big screen. Because on television it will not do it justice. 

Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Stars

Film Trivia:

Nearly entirely shot using GoPro Hero3 Black Edition cameras.

The film premiered as "Hardcore" at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2015. The film became one of the most popular movies at the festival, and led to a bidding war between Lionsgate, Universal, and STX Entertainment. Ultimately, STX acquired worldwide rights to "Hardcore", including a wide release commitment, for $10 million, becoming the studio's first festival acquisition. It was retitled Hardcore Henry for its domestic release.

Crowdfunding was used to get additional funds during post-production.

Sharlto Copley described this film as the most challenging of his acting career.

Before this movie, writer and director Ilya Naishuller had made several music videos for a Russian indie rock band Biting Elbows. The videos were shot in the same style as the movie; fast paced, first person perspective, action videos.

In an article for the Director IIya Naishuller was named the next Quentin Tarantino.

Darya Charusha, who plays a dominatrix biker in the movie is also the film's composer.

Feature film debut of director Ilya Naishuller.

The scene where Henry slides down an escalator and knocks a woman violently to the ground wasn't planned. An extra missed her mark and was standing in the wrong area, resulting in her being knocked over. After the take she reportedly popped up and asked if they'd gotten the shot.

When asked which stunts were most difficult to film Sharlto Copley (Jimmy) cited elbowing a man out of a moving vehicle while driving and Director Ilya Naishuller described the escalator scene. Which was the last sequence shot in a late production reshoot, after Naishuller concluded that the shot was too dull and needed "something extra".

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