Hardcore Henry's first-person, shoot 'em up style will give you a headache throughout in this video game-like experience.
Bloody ambitious to a fault, but in the end Hardcore Henry still failed to deliver a fun movie-going extravaganza. Nearly entirely shot using GoPro Hero3 Black Edition cameras, Hardcore Henry tried a little too hard to softly revolutionize the film industry. It would have been better as a 15-minute short feature, but instead the studio went all out with a full-length film.
The action, action and more action becomes tedious by the end and you’re sure to get one hell of a headache from the usage of the non-stop GoPro. Hardcore Henry is better written as a video gaming experience. There’s a reason why first-person features appeal better to the eye as video games than as movies. The storyline is rather thin: a first-person action film from the POV of Henry, who's resurrected from death with no memory. He must save his wife from a telekinetic warlord with a plan to bio-engineer soldiers.
Really, the only exciting aspect from the movie was actor Sharlto Copley and his prestigious ego throughout the film. He’s badass, as he captures the raw essence of what being a lunatic truly is. Hardcore Henry had some impressive thrills throughout, but not enough to satisfy the normal action junkie craving. It’s also not a film for viewers who get motion sickness easily. Hardcore Henry hurdles you through bloody twists and turns until you’re black and blue in the face. Ouch!
Hardcore Henry is rated R (Restricted). For non-stop bloody brutal violence and mayhem, language throughout, sexual content/nudity and drug use.
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