Zombies are the middle children of the otherworldly family. Vampires are the oldest brother who gets to have a room in the attic, all tripped out with a disco ball and shag carpet. Werewolves are the youngest, the babies, always getting pinched and told they're cute. With all that attention stolen away from the middle child zombie, no wonder she shuffles off grumbling, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha."

- Kevin James Breaux

Friday, May 20, 2016

Film Review: HARDCORE HENRY (2015)

If you are a fan of first person shooter games, you are the only ones who will enjoy the film Hardcore Henry (2015).  Everyone else stay clear away.  There’s not much of a plot in this film other than Henry (Andrei Dementiev) wakes up to find himself with a fractured memory and a new cybernetic body that allows him to defy human feats.  He knows that he must save Estelle (Haley Bennett) but everything else he must learn on his own as he must escape capture and being killed by a bunch of thugs who want to kill him.  The gimmick of the film is that it is entirely in the first person which means “you” are Henry as he goes on his destruction of the city to save Estelle by any means necessary.  Along the way he gets help from Jimmy (Sharlto Copley) and his many endless supply of clones who seem to die every five to ten minutes. 

The film is a chase sequence followed by Henry killing a bunch of thugs before escaping and repeating the whole thing over again every ten minutes.  For the first ten minutes it was interesting as the production values and the CGI were phenomenal but after about twenty minutes the whole process got repetitive and boring.  What’s worse is that all the acting is bad except for maybe Copley who is the only one having any fun (I presume because he gets to play a hundred different versions of himself that all get killed).  Another travesty of the film is that writer/director Ilya Naishuller has no problems with taking liberties with the editing style whenever he chooses in a film that should be from the main character’s perspective the whole time but isn’t since he edits & cuts out footage constantly.

The last film I almost walked out on at the theater was The Pyramid (2014), which also took too many liberties with the style and editing, and this was another film which doesn’t deserve your attention since if the filmmakers don’t seem to really care neither should you.

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