Thursday, April 7, 2016

Hardcore Henry
Releases April 8th, 2016
1 hr 36 mins
Rated R
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy


Director: Ilya Naishuller
Writers: Ilya Naishuller

Sharlto Copley as Jimmy
Danila Kozlovsky as Akan
Haley Bennett as Estelle
Tim Roth as Henry's Father
Andrei Dementiev (ru) as Slick Dmitry
Cyrus Arnold as Nat
Ilya Naishuller as Tim
Will Stewart as Robbie
Dasha Charusha as a dominatrix
Svetlana Ustinova (ru) as a dominatrix

Review by Anont C.

Hardcore Henry is perhaps one of the most unique movies you're going to experience watching this year. As it puts you through a first person-perspective throughout the entire movie, in a action-jam pack that would keep you on the edge of your seat -- or perhaps for some, motion sickness. As the story puts you in a situation where you just woke up from an amnesia, as well as unable to talk; this allows the viewer to become part of Hardcore Henry's world, and journey with him through the action throughout the entire movie.

Starring Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett, and Tim Roth; the casts have performed a great acting performance together that creates a narrative dialogue to the main character Henry on the story, while still keeping the story progression going. Because it was given that Henry is unable to speak, the performance from each of the actors help made it feel natural when they are having a conversation with Henry. Each of the actors help the viewer understand the current situation from their dialogue and body language; this allows the first perspective view to become effective, in order to suspend our disbelief and become part of the movie.

While this movie may be unique to use the first person perspective view, this element is actually quite common in the video games, parkour videos, go-pro cam and dark rides at theme park. The only difference was this was a full feature length movie, filled with action pack that would satisfy any movie goers who appreciates a thrill ride. However, this movie may not be for everyone as well; as this movie can cause motion sickness to those who have a weak stomach, as it contain many scenes that would go in a motion similar to a roller coaster.

In the end, this movie may be a movie that may satisfied those who love action, but can also alienate those who don't appreciate watching a movie in that type of perspective. As this movie will likely be appreciated by those who are a professional video game player, or those who appreciate parkour; but to those who don't, may find it frustrating to watch.

Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5 Stars

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