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STX Entertainment has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Ilya Naishuller’s POV action film “Hardcore,” which won the People’s Choice Award for Midnight Madness yesterday at the Toronto International Film Festival. The deal was made for an estimated $10 million, making it one of the biggest purchases at TIFF. The movie is told entirely from the perspective of a cyborg, and it seems to be the closest cinema has ever come to recreating the first-person experience of video games.
The official synopsis reads: “‘Hardcore’ is told entirely from the point of view of a cyborg named Henry. Resurrected with no recollection of his past, Henry (the audience) and his ally, Jimmy (Sharlto Copley), must fight through the streets of Moscow in pursuit of Henry’s kidnapped wife in the world’s first action-adventure film to be shot 100 percent from the first person perspective.”
No release date has been set.