Hardcore Henry

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Strap in. Hardcore Henry is one of the most unflinchingly original wild-rides to hit the big screen in a long time: 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 (Danila Kozlovsky); 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 (Sharlto Copley.) 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.

First off I would like to point out that this movie is rated R for: for non-stop bloody brutal violence and mayhem, language throughout, sexual content/nudity and drug use) sounds fun right?  I had a ton of fun with this movie.

This movie is of course entirely in the first person.  This works for most of the movie, and the action is fun to watch.  The only problem is the movie doesn’t even try to develop characters or much of a story.  Its mostly just lets go here and kill some people, now lets go here and kill some more.  Its fun to watch but after awhile the first person gimmick loses its charm.

With the exception of Sharlto Copley’s character(s) everyone person in the film is just not interesting at all.  The main villain who is refereed to as Aken just mysteriously has powers a lot like the force.  I was waiting for an explanation but there was never one given.  That pretty much sums up the movie: lazy storytelling.

Some positives though, I found this film for the most part highly enjoyable, I had a great time.  Copley plays a great role in the film, showed he has a lot of range.  Some of the stunt work and action sequences were really great, next level kind of stuff for sure.

This movie is something I recommend seeing just because it so different and unique, however I don’t think its any sort of “game changer” by any means.

GRADE – 6.5/10


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