Hardcore Henry hardly the cinema “revolution” it’s been hyped as: review

Opinion Apr 07, 2016 by Peter Howell OurWindsor.Ca

Something of a love-or-loathe proposition, Hardcore Henry’s first-person- shooter perspective will be familiar to anybody whose sweaty palms ever grasped the controller of an ultra-violent video game.

It’s hardly the cinema “revolution” it’s been hyped as since it premiered to cheers as the TIFF 2015 Midnight Madness opener, then titled simply Hardcore. But this feature filmmaking debut by Russian musician Ilya Naishuller doesn’t want for action — or blood.

The title Henry — that’s you — awakes from the dead in Moscow to a new super-soldier body and a devoted wife (Haley Bennett). Idyll turns homicidal: the wife is kidnapped, shots are sprayed and a psychotic Russian overlord (Danila Kozlovsky) unleashes hell.

First-person POV quickly gets old as the bodies stack and the story loses steam. It doesn’t help that the movie looks as if it were shot with a low-res smartphone camera. Sharlto Copley offers comic relief as Jimmy, a man of many faces who may or may not be Henry’s new best friend.

Toronto Star

Hardcore Henry hardly the cinema “revolution” it’s been hyped as: review

Opinion Apr 07, 2016 by Peter Howell OurWindsor.Ca

Something of a love-or-loathe proposition, Hardcore Henry’s first-person- shooter perspective will be familiar to anybody whose sweaty palms ever grasped the controller of an ultra-violent video game.

It’s hardly the cinema “revolution” it’s been hyped as since it premiered to cheers as the TIFF 2015 Midnight Madness opener, then titled simply Hardcore. But this feature filmmaking debut by Russian musician Ilya Naishuller doesn’t want for action — or blood.

The title Henry — that’s you — awakes from the dead in Moscow to a new super-soldier body and a devoted wife (Haley Bennett). Idyll turns homicidal: the wife is kidnapped, shots are sprayed and a psychotic Russian overlord (Danila Kozlovsky) unleashes hell.

First-person POV quickly gets old as the bodies stack and the story loses steam. It doesn’t help that the movie looks as if it were shot with a low-res smartphone camera. Sharlto Copley offers comic relief as Jimmy, a man of many faces who may or may not be Henry’s new best friend.

Toronto Star

Hardcore Henry hardly the cinema “revolution” it’s been hyped as: review

Opinion Apr 07, 2016 by Peter Howell OurWindsor.Ca

Something of a love-or-loathe proposition, Hardcore Henry’s first-person- shooter perspective will be familiar to anybody whose sweaty palms ever grasped the controller of an ultra-violent video game.

It’s hardly the cinema “revolution” it’s been hyped as since it premiered to cheers as the TIFF 2015 Midnight Madness opener, then titled simply Hardcore. But this feature filmmaking debut by Russian musician Ilya Naishuller doesn’t want for action — or blood.

The title Henry — that’s you — awakes from the dead in Moscow to a new super-soldier body and a devoted wife (Haley Bennett). Idyll turns homicidal: the wife is kidnapped, shots are sprayed and a psychotic Russian overlord (Danila Kozlovsky) unleashes hell.

First-person POV quickly gets old as the bodies stack and the story loses steam. It doesn’t help that the movie looks as if it were shot with a low-res smartphone camera. Sharlto Copley offers comic relief as Jimmy, a man of many faces who may or may not be Henry’s new best friend.

Toronto Star