HARDCORE HENRY (previously known as Hardcore) is the indiegogo-funded first-person POV action film written and directed by frontman of the Russian band Biting Elbows, Ilya Naishuller, and produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Night Watch). Premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness section, the film stars Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett, Andrey Dementiev, Dasha Charusa, and Sveta Ustinova.
Strap in. HARDCORE HENRY is one of the most unflinchingly original wild-rides to hit the big screen in a long time: You remember nothing. Mainly because you’ve just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry and congratulations, you’re now a cyborg. 5 minutes later, your wife has been kidnapped and you should probably go get her back. Who’s got her? His name’s Akan (Kozlovsky), he’s just a psychotic megalomaniac with telekinetic powers, and a never-ending army of mercenaries. You’re also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, Russia and everyone wants you dead. Everyone, except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy (Copley). He might be on your side. Good luck Henry. You’re very much likely to need it.