Spared or Spoiled Reviews: Hardcore Henry

The rules are simple. The good get spared. The bad get spoiled.

Hardcore Henry (STX Entertainment)

Hardcore Henry Poster

Written & Directed by Ilya Naishuller

Starring Sharlto CopleyDanila KozlovskyHaley BennettAndrei DementievDasha CharushaSvetlana Ustinova & Tim Roth

“You are half-machine, half-pussy.”

I love Timur Bekmambetov. He makes the coolest most kick-ass movies. I have loved them all. Day Watch. Night Watch. Wanted. He does the best and most craziest action sequences. He only produced Hardcore Henry but his style is written all over it. It is eternally and hysterically as bad-ass as anything else he’s ever done. Except for the headache. The combination of Hardcore Henry basically being just one ultra-long action sequence and the entire thing being in first person POV is a little hard on the eyes. So there’s this found footage aspect to the proceedings as well as the fact that you’re a cyborg, so there’s some distortion. It can give you a headache. But honestly, the movie kicks serious ass. And it’s over in a flash.

Hardcore Henry POV

I highly recommend it for action movie fans. If you can take a little unsteady camera work. No scratch that. A lot of unsteady camera work. Let me start over. The whole damn movie is unsteady camera work. So you may have to pause it to for a while every so often to orient yourself in the room. But if you can stomach that for an hour and a half and you like mind-numbing-ly cool action and a seriously awesome story. And the video game as cinema style doesn’t turn you off. Hardcore Henry is one of the most kick-ass fucking low-budget movies I have seen in a while. Jeez.

Verdict: SPARED

Hardcore Henry

I just finished watching Hardcore Henry and I am so impressed with the easiness of it and the technical difficulties involved. It is extremely high concept. All shot with a Go Pro or some shit. You wake up in a lab. It’s the future. Your name is Henry and the craziness starts from there. Lots of surprises. Lots of laughs. A seriously fun movie. Totally fucking insane. I was pleasantly surprised.


I was initially taken aback because of the high concept and because some of the effects were on the cheesy side. But as you’re chasing this other cyborg through the streets of Russia and through buildings and jumping off bridges and all kinds of cool shit. In first person POV remember. This asshole taunts you. He stops and turns and delivers the best line in the movie in this comical Russian accent he says,

“You are half-machine, half pussy.” You know because you’re a cyborg.

Hardcore Henry Chase

And I’m like cracking up and thinking, that motherfucker did not just say that to me.

Oh. It’s on.

And you realize the movie is just fun. It’s so much fun from that point. It’s like the best video game except you don’t have to touch a controller.


And Sharito Copley plays this sensational part. I like that he’s not afraid to do indie work. He takes chances. That’s my favorite thing about him as an actor. I didn’t like the robot movie he did. But this is such a juicy role for him. He gets to have so much fun. You got to have a friend in all this craziness. He’s your buddy. It’s really an awesome part.

Hardcore Henry Bus

Hardcore Henry is great story. Sensational directing. interesting. Innovative. Doesn’t take itself too seriously. Better than all the found footage movies ever made put together. Fun. Funny. Violent. Violent. Violent. Did I mention how violent the movie is. It’s really violent.

Hardcore Henry Sharito Copley

All I can say is that Hardcore Henry is worth the headache. No. I’m serious. It’s worth the fucking headache because it’s so much fucking fun.

– Mel


2 thoughts on “Spared or Spoiled Reviews: Hardcore Henry

    • You, my friend, will love it. It’s ultra low budget. Great story. And basically it’s all these kick-ass stunts in a row, except they’re all done by the cameraman.

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