in about 100 words or less
Russia/US 96m, Colour
Director: Ilya Naishuller; Cast: Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett, Andrei Dementiev, Dasha Charusha, Svetlana Ustinova, Tim Roth
Hardcore Henry is a frenetic science-fiction action film that was shot from a first person perspective primarily on GoPro cameras and edited in the open source software. With no memory of what had occurred, Henry is resuscitated in a high-tech lab and almost immediately is required to fight for his life. Resembling a video game that is also a bit nausea inducing, this is a highly stylized production with incredible stunt work and excellent special effects. Though the action is highly entertaining, and there is a good deal of dark humor, the near lack of plot is somewhat disappointing in what is otherwise a wildly creative production (Klaus Ming July 2016).