Hardcore Henry – Review

Henry, fight back! You are capable of more than you think. – Estelle

I think its safe to say that this movie is strange. Its very rare that I go to see a movie without previously watching all the trailers but in this case I hadn’t even seen one trailer! In fact if I am being honest I hadn’t even heard of the movie! I’d also like to add that if you aren’t a fan of gore or violence DO NOT go see this movie.

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Ouch – Photo Credit: Hardcore Henry

However, this movie is entertaining. I was genuinely shocked to find out that the entire movie was captured using Go Pros, something that hasn’t been done before, but it worked perfectly! Watching a well done first person movie is thrilling, its done that well that you actually react to what is happening on screen! For example, you get nervous when our main character (‘Henry’, played by various stuntmen) is climbing up the side of buildings, you flinch when he is being shot at, and you definitely feel vertigo when he falls from high places. All of this really immerses you in the movie. It takes around 20-30 minutes to really get used to the first person camera but once you do its great.

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Weird – Photo Credit: Hardcore Henry

The story begins with the introduction of our main character, Henry, who seems to have been involved in a fatal accident and has been brought back from the dead. During this scene we find out that the doctor helping Henry is in fact his wife, (‘Estelle’ played by Haley Bennett), and we watch her attach his new robotic limbs which is a tad squeamish when his leg is twisting around and his arm is being welded on. After that Henry is brought into another room where he gets to choose a new voice, they even included a Star Wars reference during this scene with Darth Vader’s voice. However, just as Henry is about to have his original voice re-installed we are introduced to the main villain, (‘Akan’ played by Danila Kozlovsky), who seems to have some sort of magic telekinesis ability which is never actually explained.

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Akan or possessed Kurt Cobain? – Photo Credit:Hardcore Henry

Henry and his wife escape the villain and guards and make their way to the escape pods, the pod then crash lands on the motorway and the villain’s militia confronts Henry. After which the movie becomes one epic first person shooter, parkour filled, comedic experience fuelled upon a bloody rampage to save Henry’s wife from the villain. Its like a video game but in movie form and you have no other option but to go along with the ride.

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“Jolly Good” – Photo Credit: Hardcore Henry

My favourite aspect of the movie is defiantly the character ‘Jimmy’, played by Sharlto Copley (Chappie, District 9). Jimmy is like a ‘quest master’ who just orders Henry around on missions, however, he appears in a few different ‘personalities’ to help Henry in combat or whatever he may need. Every time Jimmy, or one of the versions of Jimmy, was on screen I couldn’t help but laugh and just smile because it was so funny!

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A lot of Henchmen – Photo Credit: Hardcore Henry

The movie builds to the final “boss” battle between Henry & Akan (with the aid of his henchmen). The final fight is fast paced and full of action, it feels frantic and real because of the superbly executed first person cinematography. I’m not going to spoil the ending but Akan’s powers are never explained, which is something I wanted to see since the beginning of the movie.

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Are Go Pros the future? – Photo Credit: Hardcore Henry

Overall I thought this movie was enjoyable but nothing more. Again I’d like to add that if you aren’t a fan of gore or violence DO NOT go see this movie as it is very graphic. The cast performance was bland apart from Jimmy, the story was confusing and didn’t really make a lot of sense until the end (again Akan’s powers are never explained which really annoys me). However I think that the cinematography is very impressive, more so when you discover it was all done with a Go Pro. As enjoyable and fun to watch as the movie was, it doesn’t deserve anything higher that 6/10 in my opinion. I would recommend you go see this movie as it’s very unique and something you probably haven’t seen before.

Cast Performance: 6/10

Cinematography: 9/10

Story: 4/10

Overall: 6/10

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GO SEE IT! – Photo Credit: Hardcore Henry

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