While shooting an entire movie from a first person POV might seem like a gimmick, director Ilya Naishuller is carving out his niche. He’s already directed two music videos for Biting Elbows which earned attention for their visceral perspective, and now he’s going for feature length thrills with “Hardcore Henry.”
Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett, Andrey Dementyev, Dasha Charusha, and Sveta Ustinova star in the movie about a cybernetic super-soldier who has to save his wife, leading to plenty of action of carnage. Here’s the official synopsis:
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…
“Hardcore Henry” will screen at SXSW and open on April 8th. Watch the new trailer below.