Hardcore Henry

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Hardcore Henry
Genre: Action
Photography: Sergey Valyaev
Andrey Dementiev
Ilya Naishuller
Pasha Kapinos
Vsevolod Kaptur
Fedor Lyass
Running Time: 96 minutes
Country: Russia
United States
Release Date: September 12, 2015 (TIFF)
April 8, 2016 (United States)
Directed by: Ilya Naishuller
Written by: Ilya Naishuller
Distributed by: STXfilms
Starring: Sharlto Copley
Danila Kozlovsky
Haley Bennett
Andrei Dementiev
Dasha Charusha
Svetlana Ustinova
Tim Roth

Hardcore Henry (Russian: Хардкор) is a 2015 Russian-American science fiction action film written and directed by Ilya Naishuller, and produced by Timur Bekmambetov, Naishuller, Inga Vainshtein Smith and Ekaterina Kononenko with Will Stewart provided additional writing for the film. The film was shot entirely from a first-person perspective and stars Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett and Tim Roth.


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.

Why It Rocks

  1. Hardcore is essentially a video game movie, with its first-person view, minor plot, and action.
  2. The main character, despite never appearing, is able to communicate a personality.
  3. Having the entire movie filmed with GoPros, along with the fantastic action sequences made this a very fun and enjoyable movie.
  4. It doesn't take itself seriously, as it knows exactly what it is; a crude, goofy action film.
  5. The parkour scenes are truly something else as well, with major respect to the stuntmen who did their job perfectly.
  6. Sharlto Copley (of District 9 fame, and other Neill Blomkamp projects) plays the main POV's assistant throughout the film. Copley definitely gives a range of character performances and is quality.
  7. Its superheroic parkour, fantastical fights, and video game gunplay all presented in first person, meaning if it was seen from a regular angle, the action would likely be too cartoonish.
  8. Action aside, the movie has an unexpected sense of humour. Some driven by situations, some driven by characters, some thanks to the POV.
  9. Like another 2016 raunchy-action film, Deadpool, it plays around with its adult content rating and puts all effort into action, humor, and charisma.
  10. It contains a LOT of subtle elements from Counter-Strike, Modern Warfare, Half-Life 2, Portal and Mirror's Edge, games inspiring the film's cinematic dynamic.

Bad Qualities

  1. The film is extraordinarily violent, meaning its not for the squeamish or weak-stomached.