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Hardcore Henry (2015)

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Henry is resurrected from death with no memory, and he must save his wife from a telekinetic warlord with a plan to bio-engineer soldiers.

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Ilya Naishuller

Writers:

Ilya Naishuller, Will Stewart (additional writing by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sharlto Copley ... Jimmy
Danila Kozlovsky ... Akan
Haley Bennett ... Estelle
Tim Roth ... Henry's Father
Andrei Dementiev ... Slick Dimitry / Henry (as Andrey Dementyev)
Svetlana Ustinova ... Olga the Dominatrix (as Sveta Ustinova)
Darya Charusha Darya Charusha ... Katya the Dominatrix (as Dasha Charusha)
Oleg Poddubnyy ... Yuri (as Oleg Poddubniy)
Jack Hahn ... Young Bully #1
Cyrus Arnold ... Young Bully #2
Jake Karlen ... Young Bully #3
Will Stewart ... Robbie
Ilya Naishuller ... Timothy / Higher-Self Merc / Henry
Martin Cooke Martin Cooke ... Marty (as Martin J. Cooke)
Sergey Chekrygin Sergey Chekrygin ... Parking Lot Security (as Sergei Chikrigin)
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Storyline

Waking inside a laboratory on an airship, a man recalls bullies from his childhood. A scientist, Estelle, greets him and tells him his name is Henry, she is his wife, and that he has been revived from an accident that left him amnesiac and mute. After she replaces a missing arm and leg with cybernetic prostheses, mercenaries led by the psychokinetic Akan raid the ship, claiming all of Estelle's research is Akan's corporate property. He kills Estelle's scientists before attempting to murder Henry, but Henry and Estelle flee in an escape pod, landing in Moscow. Estelle is abducted by the mercenaries, who try to kill Henry..

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First they made him dangerous. Then they made him mad.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for non-stop bloody brutal violence and mayhem, language throughout, sexual content/nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Russia | USA | China

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

8 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hardcore See more »

Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,107,604, 10 April 2016

Gross USA:

$9,252,038

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,810,562
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film premiered as "Hardcore" at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2015. The film became one of the most popular movies at the festival, and led to a bidding war between Lionsgate, Universal, and STX Entertainment. Ultimately, STX acquired worldwide rights to "Hardcore", including a wide release commitment, for $10 million, becoming the studio's first festival acquisition. It was retitled "Hardcore Henry" for its domestic release. See more »

Goofs

In the escape hatch at the beginning of the movie control panels change positions without being touched. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: Like my father always said, a grenade a day keeps the enemy at bay.
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Crazy Credits

Torwards the end of the end credits, while they're still rolling, a beep from an answering machine comes on and it's Jimmy. The message says, "Hello, Henry. Well, if you're hearing this, there's one more thing I need you to do." See more »

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References Kill List (2011) See more »

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Don't Stop Me Now
Written by Freddie Mercury
Performed by Queen
Courtesy of Island Records Ltd. under license from Universal Music Enterprises,
and Hollywood Records
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TIFF 2015 -- Hardcore: Just plain fun
13 September 2015 | by Brap-2See all my reviews

'Hardcore' is the riveting story of a newly-made cyborg who must save his wife from evil tyrants and...wait a minute. Who cares?? The whole movie is a blast!!

Ilya Naishuller is a young director who had a very cool idea to shoot an action film from a first-person perspective using a GoPro Hero3 Black Edition camera. The proof of concept was released as "Biting Elbows: Bad Motherf***er". It was pitched publicly and helped to successfully crowd-fund the feature, 'Hardcore'.

It's better to keep this short and sweet: the film is extraordinarily violent; not for the squeamish. It has plenty of action, free-running, stunts, and plenty of room for comedic elements. Even the opening titles give you a taste of what's to come!

Sharlto Copley (District 9, and other Neill Blomkamp projects) plays the main POV's assistant throughout the film. Copley definitely gives a range of character performances and is quality. Wearing many hats, he guides you along as if you were needing assistance in a video game, which, by the way, this film makes several references to. In particular, the Chernobyl level in Call of Duty 4 with Capt. MacMillian. Even the opening scenes are reminiscent of Half-Life, and a lot of the free-running scenes are inspired by Mirror's Edge.

For those who are wondering, no. You likely won't get dizzy watching a 90-minute action film from an FP perspective. Well, maybe you shouldn't sit in the front row. Otherwise, you will have a blast.

'Hardcore' is an all-around fun time. Just be okay with the violence. It's only 90 minutes of your time that you'll likely want to experience over and over again. Or, you'll just want to plug in a play a few games.

Either way, it's bloody fun!


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