Hardcore Henry

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Hardcore Henry seems poised to reinvent the action flick, but without a story or characters worth caring about, its first-person gimmick quickly loses its thrill.



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Strap in. Hardcore Henry is one of the most unflinchingly original wild-rides to hit the big screen in a long time: 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 (Danila Kozlovsky); 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 (Sharlto Copley.) 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...

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Tim Roth
as Henry's Father
Dasha Charusha
as Katya the Dominatrix
Cyrus Arnold
as Young Bully #2
Svetlana Ustinova
as Olga the Dominatrix
Andrei Dementiev
as Slick Dmitry
Jack Hahn
as Young Bully #1
Prokhor Zikora
as Police Officer #2
Sergei Chikrigin
as Parking Lot Security
Vladimir Lukianchikov
as Windshield Merc
Varvara Borodina
as Stoner's Girlfriend
Aleksey Alekseev
as Elevator Guard #1
Andrey Berezkin
as Police Officer #1
Olga Chubarova
as One Arm Dog-Walker
Liya Sitdikova
as Ella The Whore
Vasiliy Bobylev
as Book Reader
Polina Filonenko
as Rape Victim
Kirill Byrkin
as Rapist Cop #1
Ilya Kondratiev
as Headphones Guy
Mikhail Mikhitarov
as Waterbottle Kid
Evgeny Pilipenko
as Rapist Cop #2
Aleksandr Pal
as Mr. Fahrenheit
Regina Surmina
as Waterkid's Girlfriend
Roman Leshenko
as Thug In The Water #1
Mikhail Izotov
as Thug In The Water #2
Sergei Solomonov
as Park Thug #1
Alexander Kraevski
as Park Thug #2
Alexander Pchela
as Lighter Thief Mercenary
Lado Kvataniya
as Anti-Cat Guard
Alexey Alekseev
as Elevator Guard #1
Alexey Zamaraev
as Elevator Guard #2
Alexey Agafonov
as Elevator Guard #3
Victor Gorbachev
as Staircase Guard
Boris Barabanov
as Keycard Guard
Sergei Shnurov
as Security Guy Interacting With Pliers
Rostislav Kaptur
as Concerned Boy
Tatiana Paladiy
as Concerned Girl #1
Victoria Golubtsova
as Concerned Girl #2
Uliya Stetsenko
as Escalator Face Plant Girl
Olga Chudakova
as One Arm Dog-Walker
Aleksander Gordeev
as Brothel Bouncer #1
Oleg Ermolaev
as Brother Bouncer #2
Polina Zueva
as Brothel Madam
Bruce Chelemer
as Car Fetishist
Sergei Mezentsev
as Brothel Barman
Helga Lovekaty
as Angry prostitute
Bruce Grant
as Tray-In-The-Head John In Brothel
Aliya Lando
as Girl in Brothel
Elena Skvortsova
as Girl in Brothel
Anastasiya Akulina
as Girl in Brothel
Yuliya Amirova
as Girl in Brothel
Marina Vezhnavets
as Girl in Brothel
Mariya Vishnyakova
as Girl in Brothel
Dina Grebeneva
as Girl in Brothel
Diana Dzhemeleva
as Girl in Brothel
Anton Banin
as Dead Brothel Guy
Uliya Ivanova
as Higher-Self Merc
Ivan Kolomicev
as Truck Knife Merc
Aleksander Firsanov
as Knife-In-Eye Merc
Kirill Serebrennikov
as Tank Driver #!
Alexander Yatsenko
as Tank Driver #2
Sergey Valyaev
as Beaten Up Boyfriend
Vitaly Voskeresenski
as Rapist Cop #3
Alexander Podshibiakin
as Battery Cyborg
Evgeniy Bazhenov
as Electric Skeleton Cyborg
Andrey Rusanov
as Flying Cyborg
Boris Bolelov
as Rock-In-The-Head Cyborg
Feodor Elutine
as Uppercut Cyborg
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Critic Reviews for Hardcore Henry

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (72) | Rotten (71)

  • This first-person-shooter extravaganza has little purpose besides showing what happens when a GoPro is strapped to a series of stuntmen as they run through their repertoire of extraordinary action moves.

    Apr 18, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Hardcore Henry is nauseating, twice over.

    Apr 10, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…

    Amy Nicholson

    Top Critic
  • It is pummeling. It is punishing. It is nauseating and headache-inducing.

    Apr 9, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • If action movies are meant to be stunning, Hardcore Henry can proudly take its place among the giants. Even better, it lets you stand with them.

    Apr 8, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • A great movie fools you into thinking it's really happening. By trying to make us a part of the film itself, Hardcore Henry just keeps reminding us it's not.

    Apr 8, 2016 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • Hardcore Henry doesn't just get under your skin, it gets behind your eyeballs and uses your head as its own cockpit. For hardcore thrills, Henry is your guy.

    Apr 8, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hardcore Henry

  • Jun 11, 2017
    Outstanding direction and effects. Some phenomenal action sequences (the chase scenes more so than the fight sequences). And the Jimmy character is great. Only thing lacking was enough storyline to on'es your attention between action scenes.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2017
    An unabashed first-person shooter, Hardcore Henry is packed with non-stop action. The story (if it can be called such) follows a cyborg named Henry who awakens to his wife being abducted by a mysterious telekinetic crime boss, but he manages to escape capture and must go on the run; getting help from a techy named Jimmy who gives him tasks to complete that will help him survive. Shot entirely in first person, the film commits 100% to the "first-person shooter" video game aesthetic; even going so far as to have Jimmy randomly show up on every level with a fresh map of where to go and instructions on what to do. However, either through poor writing or directing, it's really hard to follow what's going on and incredibly disorienting. Still, Sharlto Copley and Haley Bennett manage to deliver fairly good performances and the fight scenes are incredibly intense and exciting; at least for a while, until it all becomes a much of noise. Hardcore Henry has a daring vision and is entertaining, but it doesn't really work as a film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2017
    Here it finally is: First person shooter - the movie. That's infuriatingly shaky to the degree of making you sick, lacking any kind of coherent story or respect for human life (what a surprise). No charm, no (functioning) humor, just some pretty decent stunt work. That is not enough to make me sit through this. I quit halfway through.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2016
    The found footage genre has become a gimmick and certain moviegoers are always looking for a new and inventive way to tell stories. Hardcore Henry explores a first person-style action flick, which has never been done on the big screen until now. I was very hesitant on watching this film, because I was afraid it was just going to come off as a cool concept and eventually taper off by the end of the film. After watching Hardcore Henry, I can confidently say that it did not have me surprised in any way. It really is just a neat concept that is executed with precision, but little to no story to truly care about. Here is why I believe Hardcore Henry is extremely cool, but only for about 20 minutes. From the opening shot, you know what the style of this film is going to be like. Having said that, it never really prepares you for all of the realistic violence throughout the film. The film chooses to slowly escalate and never really intends on stopping that escalation. This is both entertaining and jarring at the same time, but also ends up being the biggest flaw with the film. Although it is trying to go for the coolest sequences possible, it focusses more on topping the previous action scenes, rather than focussing on its story. For the first act of the film, I found myself entertained by the spectacle, but that wore off pretty fast, making this a very weak film in my opinion. Essentially, Hardcore Henry is about a man (Henry) who is resurrected from the dead as a robotic figure, told he has a past life and a wife, comes into contact with a man who is bio-engineering humans for combat and we pretty much are the embodiment of Henry as he travels from set piece to set piece. The story seems somewhat original, but you can't help but draw comparisons to better films that it seems to be borrowing from throughout its duration. Personally, I found myself comparing it to the film Crank. I became too distracted by how unoriginal the plot felt, that my mind eventually became numb to the action. As a whole, I would be lying if I said I enjoyed watching this film, but I would also be lying if I said I wasn't blown away by the filmmaking aspects. This is easily what makes this film watchable. It truly does feel like you are playing a realistic video game and the visuals are impeccably done, as far as the violence and action set pieces are played out. Also, I need to commend Sharlto Copley for delivering a very enjoyable performance in having to deliver multiple versions of himself. To me, that was the most enjoyable aspect about this film. Written and directed by Ilya Naishuller, Hardcore Henry definitely makes me want to see more from what this guy can do, but maybe just as a director. The story here is what bothered me, in that I truly didn't care about who lived or died, especially in the final act. The end of the film is far too abrupt, making it truly seem like it was just made for the camerawork. In the end, Hardcore Henry is incredible to look at for about 20 minutes, until you really see what the story is and that each scene is going to try and top the last, as far as entertainment levels go. This film wore me down pretty fast and I can't quite recommend this film, even though it is worth seeing for the visual style alone. Aside from that, it is a hollow film and the little substance that it does have, is left on the table when the film ends too abruptly. For video game fans or hopeful future filmmakers that want to see something intuitive, that is about the only demographic I can recommend this to. I can't see anyone loving this, but it will definitely earn some fans from those categories. Overall, Hardcore Henry is cool to experience for a while, but it just needed a much better premise.
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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