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
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. See more »
In the parking lot after being tasered off of the bridge Henry's hand prints disappear on a car while hiding from guards. See more »
Torwards the end of the end credits, while they're still rolling, a beep from an answering machine comes on and it's Jimmy. The message says, "Hello, Henry. Well, if you're hearing this, there's one more thing I need you to do." See more »
So, I REALLY liked the shorts this movie is based on, so I was ecstatic to see it was being made into a full length movie. Unfortunately it falls short in a lot of ways.
The format is awesome, just like the short action scenes from you tube, but there just wasn't enough original content for me. I think action movies are mostly about those "woah, that was cool" moments, and this movie just doesn't have enough of them. It was kind of like watching a really long montage of people being punched and stabbed close up. Like if you watch the matrix, every part of the lobby scene is unique and cool. This was more like "oh there's a guy, PUNCH", "oh there's two more guys, PUNCH, KICK" repeated over and over. Henry also felt too omnipotent to me. After a while you'd see a room full of guys and know he's just going to go through a blur of killing all of them. If that just happened at a climactic moment, it would be cool, but it happens so often it looses all meaning.
The plot was eh. This wouldn't be a deal breaker, but it certainly didn't bring the movie UP.
One other minor thing. I think they could have done a lot more with non-combat stuff. Like intimate or flirty scenes could be really cool in POV, but there wasn't much of that.
..also, the title sequence was BRUTAL. Like I'm pretty desensitized to violence, and I had to look away at one point.
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