The impact this will have on cinema is so minuscule it's not worth being upset - a shame this didn't wait a few years for the VR experience. Not to say it's without craft, as it mostly, impressively, feels grounded as opposed to its game worship. Just that it so strongly reeks of films created for teenage boys, sex workers grinding the camera and all. Our apathy to true violence in these things is worrying.
I dislike video games and often cite storyless films as being my most hated form of a movie... but, I love Hardcore Henry! It's certainly loud and obnoxious, but it's also full of excitement and WOW! factor in its adrenaline rush of setpiece after setpiece, which is the very definition of what an action film should invoke. The action scenes are everything that I heard the overrated Mad Max: Fury Road was: brilliant!
We do can see an impressive dominion of the technique all over the film, but the results of its use put the audience in the very same passive perspective of a person watching someone else playing some macho video game with a scandalously mysogynist and shallow story. In other words, it's just a pretty archaic, conservative movie disguised in new, contemporary clothes.
Overwhelmingly dull, somehow. Action films tend to fall flat when they haven't a single remotely human character we can identify with. We can't even see or hear our hero properly react to any of the crazy shit happening; it becomes robotic, as such. Not that I was expecting a solid plot or winning performances from a film called "Hardcore Henry;" but it isn't innovative, ballsy, indulgent, lurid or exciting either.
I'm no big fan of action hero movies, but this film definitely does a great job looking like a video game. I mean wow, everything makes sense from that perspective: the mystery around Henry, his cyborg nature, the weirdly overpowered 'final' boss. The camera-angle and editing in this film are amazing as well, of a level you'd expect only from a high budget Hollywood film. Lots of respect, however still not my style.
Se questo è cinema. Il corto su Youtube era un'idea carina, ben realizzata e divertente. Un'ora e mezza così è da matti scocciati. Con la voglia di scimmiottare i videogiochi, Hardcore ne prende il peggio come la cattiva scrittura, la puerilità del tutto, il sessismo (la scena del bordello è un cattivo gusto raro), i terribili cliché.
Although some people has managed to make other media(like novel, comic etc.) into movie, in completely reverse way the guy named Zack Snyder has made movie into superhero comics & magnum opus has been born. So, Dir. Ilya Naishuller made movie into FPS game with tons of WTF action, you-cannot-understand-absolutely cinematography & Sharlto Copley's insanely kaleidoscopic acting AND F**KING GODDAMN MAGNUM OPUS IS BORN.