Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Hardcore Henry: DVD Review

Hardcore Henry: DVD Review

Rating: R18
Released by Roadshow Home Ent

How you may feel about Hardcore Henry will largely depend on how you feel about being subjected to extended action from a  first person viewpoints.

Waking up in a lab Henry has been brought back from the dead by his scientist wife; given a robotic arm and then shot at, it's straight into survival mode for Henry as his life and wife are put in jeopardy. With a clutch of killers on his tail, it's survival time for Henry...

A pure shot of adrenaline filled lunacy and clever use of its POV camera work, Hardcore Henry feels like you're in a VR version of a video game. Unrelenting it definitely is and while it borders dangerously close to causing nausea, a lot of Hardcore Henry shows just how committed to its MO it is. Haley Bennett and Sharlto Copley deserve kudos for their part in this (and Bennett shows why she's being touted as a rising start) , but the real star of the piece is director Ilya Naishuller, whose vision is nothing short of singular.

One of a kind cinema experiences are very rare these days, and Hardcore Henry is certainly that. It won't be for all tastes but for those willing to strap in for the ride, it's a hedonistic and mental reward.

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