Released by STX Entertainment
Release Date: April 8th, 2016
Starring: Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth, Haley Bennett
Written by Ilya Naishuller
Directed by Ilya Naishuller
Rated R (non-stop bloody brutal violence and mayhem, language throughout, sexual content/nudity and drug use)
This is the same concept for Hardcore Henry, a film that is really a one-note film but is almost saved with a bat shit crazy performance from Sharlto Copely.
Hardcore Henry is an action film told from a first person perspective: 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; 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. 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...
Reading this, I can see why someone would get pumped to see this film. It didn’t do a lot of magic because the film flopped in theaters, but I am sure that the film will do well on dvd and blu-ray.
The film, however, is not that good. The filmmakers focused so much on the technical aspects that they forgot to write a decent story. I think that they think that just putting the film through one action scene after another is going to make people happy, but they would be wrong. Sure, we all love our action films, but we also like to have a main character that we can relate to, but by making us the main character, the filmmakers have given us nothing to root for. We go to the movies to get away from the bullshit in our lives, not to be thrust into a film and have a ton more shit put on us.
There is one thing that stood out from the film and that is Sharlto Copley. You will know Copley from District 9 as well as the Playstation Network show Powers. Here he is given free rein to ham it up and he takes this very seriously. Copley is the audience, basically. Anything that we think of is answered by the end of the film. (well, not everything, but you get my drift.) The filmmakers were wise in casting Copley as he is a pro at playing crazy. He turns up in many different roles and is killed off many times throughout the film. This was distracting at first, but by the time he showed up for the fourth or fifth time, I just decided to go with it. There is a reason for his many appearances, but I will leave that up for you to discover. I will say, however, that the scene where the reappearance of Copley is explained is the sanest scene in the film, and that is saying a lot.