Hardcore Henry - Review
Sorry Super Mario Bros (1993) you’ve finally been dethroned as the pinnacle of video game inspired cinema. Hardcore Henry is here and it’s a truly bat-shit-crazy experience, one which simply must be experienced. Think a first-person shooter video game meets the Bourne series; but with tonnes of extreme violence. Be warned, in terms of the violence, this film will definitely offend some viewers. It makes most modern horror films look like freakin’ Sesame Street!
Performance wise Sharlto Copley absolutely dominates this film. He plays a slew of characters; ranging from the mild mannered to borderline homicidal. Copley also shares an Executive Producer credit, which hints at why he’s so dialled-in. I’ve always loved his work; he’s at his best when he’s allowed to let the manic-good-times ride! Danila Kozlovsky plays the villain Akan. His performance is a touch too broad for my liking, however it’s in keeping with the general tone of the film and wouldn’t be out of place in any AAA video game release. He is however equipped with an interesting set of powers, which leads to some visually striking sequences. So that’s a bonus.
Grab some mates, some stiff vodka screwdrivers, switch your brain off and go for the ride that is Hardcore Henry. It’s not the brightest thing you’ll see all year, but damn well may be the wackiest! And honestly, isn’t that what we all need from time to time?
Hardcore Henry is available on Blu-Ray & DVD from August 3rd.
▪ Feature Commentary with Director/Producer Ilya Naishuller and Star/Executive Producer Sharlto Copley
▪ Deleted Scenes