If you were a fan of Ilya Naishuller’s first-person cyber-action film “Hardcore Henry,” might we suggest watching The Weeknd’s latest music video for his single “False Alarm.” Directed by Naishuller, the short film comes with a “parental advisory” warning for its graphic images and plays out like a first-person shooter game.
The video is from the perspective of a bank robber whose mission has gone awry. With a hostage in hand, the thief and his crew are seen shooting policemen, throwing grenades, driving off with the money and involved in an explosive action-packed high-speed chase. There’s men in skull masks, blood, violence and shifting loyalties.
The R&B singer also shared an eye-catching poster for the video, which pre-warned viewers of the gritty story.
Tomorrow … A Gritty Story. Parental Advisory pic.twitter.com/JSxWjzQIR2
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) October 12, 2016
Russian director Naishuller is also known as a member of the indie rock band Biting Elbows. His directorial debut came in 2013 when he directed the music video for his band’s track “Bad Motherf***er.” His first film, “Hardcore Henry,” premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and won the Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award.
“False Alarm” is the second single off The Weeknd’s forthcoming album “Starboy,” out November 25. Check out the clip below.