A CER­TAIN POINT OF VIEW

WHY HARDCORE HENRY IS THE YEAR’S MOST IN­SANE AC­TION FILM

Empire (UK) - - PREMIERE -

INEMA, OF COURSE, is no stranger to POV shots. And, if you can will your­self to re­call a ma­jor sec­tion in 2005’s un­der­cooked game adap­ta­tion Doom, no stranger to en­tire POV se­quences. But en­tire POV movies have been few and far be­tween. There’s the 1947 Philip Mar­lowe thriller Lady In The Lake, and more re­cently Gas­par Noé’s de­mented En­ter The Void, but gen­er­ally speak­ing, shoot­ing an en­tire movie through one char­ac­ter’s eyes takes a de­mented ge­nius to make it work. En­ter Ilya Naishuller, di­rec­tor of Hardcore Henry.

“The funny thing is,” says Naishuller, “I never thought of my­self as a tech­ni­cal guy.” But af­ter drop­ping out of film school, the fresh-faced 30-year-old could be the first di­rec­tor from the Youtube gen­er­a­tion to grad­u­ate to the high-tech ac­tion A-list af­ter his out­ra­geous sci-fi shocker caused a $10 mil­lion bid­ding war at the Toronto Film Fes­ti­val last year.

Star­ring you, the viewer, as a cy­borg sol­dier named Henry, who’s been brought back from the dead by his wife, who is then kid­napped by a tele­ki­netic gan­glord, Hardcore Henry plunges you into a mael­strom of mad­ness as Henry tries to get her back. It’s a hy­per-ki­netic sugar rush of an ac­tion movie, with Naishuller pulling off am­bi­tious ac­tion se­quences thanks to fear­less stunt­men, seam­less edit­ing and clever de­ploy­ment of spe­cially rigged Gopro Hero 3 cam­eras “on the chin”.

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