A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW
WHY HARDCORE HENRY IS THE YEAR’S MOST INSANE ACTION FILM
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”.