On Friday, Indiegogo alum Hardcore Henry premiered in 3000 theaters. The sci-fi adventure film was shot from the first person perspective.
Hardcore Henry, which was originally titled Hardcore, first surfaced on Indiegogo at the end of 2014. During its time on the global crowdfunding platform, the film secured $254,954 from 2,078 backers. Its synopsis reads:
“A first-person action film from the eyes of Henry, who’s resurrected from death with no memory. He must discover his identity and save his wife from a warlord with a plan to bio-engineer soldiers.”
A review done by the TIFF reads:
“Hardcore Henry is a seriously silly movie, and by no means perfect. The plot is patently preposterous, but rattles along far too briskly for trifling questions about character motivation or narrative logic. The worldview here is emphatically the “male gaze,” quite literally, with an extra adolescent streak of casual sexism and mild homophobia. Predictably, the female characters are mostly fantasy sex objects who rarely take the trouble to wear many clothes.”
“Over-the-top-ness is what draws you into Hardcore Henry, a film that can be described as a cross between the “Call of Duty” first-person shooter video games, and hyper-violent, semi-satirical action movies like RoboCop and Crank. The film lives and dies based on its abilities to disorient, shock, and generally undermine your sense of stability. So: soon after he is awoken and quickly debriefed by Estelle, Henry is chased out of an airborne laboratory by evil albino businessman Akan (Danila Kozlovsky), an ultra-powerful mob boss with the ability to move things with his mind. Henry, a cyborg with a robotic right arm and right leg, then runs around Moscow with the help of Jimmy (District 9 star Sharlto Copley), a mysterious benefactor who appears through the guise of various clones of himself. Henry’s mission is always simple: track down allies and supplies using a cell phone with a GPS, and kick scads of butt along the way.”
Directed by Ilya Naishuller, Hardcore Henry stars Tim Roth, Haley Bennett, Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, and Darya Charusha. Check out the trailer below.
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