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Ilya Naishuller's Hardcore Henry

Director: Ilya Naishuller

Writer: Ilya Naishuller (screenwriter), Will Stewart (additional writing)

Release Date: 8 April 2016 (USA)

Release Format: Theatrical

MPAA Rating: Rated R

Genre: Action Adventure Sci-Fi


A first-person action film from the eyes of Henry, who’s resurrected from death with no memory. He must discover his identity and save his wife from a warlord with a plan to bio-engineer soldiers.


Hardcore Henry is a film that merges video-game aesthetics with cinematic artistry. Although presented in a first-person perspective it is not your typical found footage template. “Hardcore Henry” employs an innovative approach to film making. In the absence of regurgitated POV idiocy, (excuse me, POV cinematography). “Hardcore Henry” writer/director Ilya Naishuller created an adrenaline infused ninety-minute film.

Audiences will experience what the gaming community have long indulged in. Presented on screen is an incarnation of a tactical first-person shooter (FPS) game. First-person shooters (FPS) are one of the most popular gaming genres to date. Developed with block buster budgets most return with record breaking sales. Video game retailers have a constant rotation of FPS titles. Ilya Naishuller capitalized on this trend. Naishuller extracted the DNA from first-person shooters (FPS) to conceive “Hardcore Henry”.


Actor Sharlto Copley offers a monumental performances in his portrayal of the characters; Jimmy.Copley doesn’t have one character to perform, he has several. Throughout the film Jimmy is a mercenary, coke head, soldier, stoner, and the list goes on. Jimmy is a character with many incarnations. Each character stems from one individual. Copley executes each performance with its own distinct characteristics. “Hardcore Henry” is Copley’s solo performance, one that will open the doors for this talented actor.

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