Hardcore Henry is a pretty hardcore guy! If... he really is Henry.
It's an actionfest unlike others, with an over-the-edge plot that mashes together action and science fiction and a bundle of characters that you can't quite place. Not until the end of the movie do you really get a grip on the situation, but a little mystery's an appreciated plot progressor.
It's strange seeing everything through a first-person-perspective too - it being the first movie ever filmed from an entirely first-person-perspective, and through a character unable to speak. I'm not sure I immerse myself so much into the movie that I become the character who's view I see, probably much because I can't relate to his (very brutal) actions, but it does bring me into the action in a whole new way!
The carnage is brutal and bloody, and often more so considering you're seeing everything from a first-hand view. Nothing's hidden. Well, not much, and characters die left and right. Nothing's sacred. It's a bloody mess, often with grungy or eerily poppy tunes in the background, but it all flows together. It's a trip. It's a bit like Crank. I don't usually like this much shaky cam in one movie, but for this one I'll make an exception. It was both refreshingly violent, and refreshingly different, and in both cases it also felt refreshingly polished... in a messy sort of way.
It also felt refreshingly unrestricted, in both film and plot.
If you get dizzy easily this might not be your thing. If you're not into strange and psychedelic plots, this might not be your thing either. If you're not much for gore - this is definitely not your thing! But if you are an action addict with an affinity for science fiction, parkour, abandoned buildings, Indie music and experimental genres, this is definitely something for you. It was really something different, and better than I expected it would be.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle