HARD­CORE HENRY

First-per­son, sec­ond-rate?

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews - Rus­sell Lewin

re­leased 1 au­gust 2015 | 18 | BLU-RAY/DVD Di­rec­tor Ilya Naishuller Cast sharlto Co­p­ley, tim roth, Ha­ley Ben­nett, an­drei de­men­tiev

PS4 knack­ered? Then stick Hard­core Henry in your player. It’s es­sen­tially a first-per­son shooter, and a very vi­o­lent one to boot. The draw­back for gamers is that they can’t ac­tu­ally in­flu­ence events.

Those con­cern a cy­ber­netic sol­dier who’s brought back from the dead with no vo­cal cords or mem­o­ries. Given in­struc­tions by a va­ri­ety of char­ac­ters, all played by Sharlto Co­p­ley, he em­barks on a mis­sion to thwart a Mag­neto-like vil­lain, Akan (Danila Ko­zlovsky).

If you like vi­o­lence, you’ll love it. Flamethrow­ers, ma­chine-guns, pli­ers… you name it, they’re all used to in­flict pain on hu­man be­ings. The stunt work is re­mark­able and the tech­ni­cal prow­ess awe-in­spir­ing. But although the film is not with­out wit, al­beit of the trea­cle-black type, it gets weary­ing – there’s only so much re­lent­less bru­tal­ity you can take, es­pe­cially when it’s some­times not clear who’s do­ing what to who. Henry also can’t talk, and that may have been an er­ror, be­cause it could have at least al­lowed for more char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion and per­haps some quips.

But in the end that’s not what Hard­core Henry is about; it’s a movie for peo­ple who want their movies to look like videogames.

Ex­tras Com­men­tary by the di­rec­tor and Co­p­ley; no sign of the deleted scenes and “fan chat” from the US re­lease.

At one point a poster for Lady In The Lake, a 1947 film shot en­tirely from the pro­tag­o­nist’s point of view, is seen on a wall.

While the ho­tel was a lit­tle over­crowded, the head cleaner was very nice.

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