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Watch: New Trailer for Hardcore, a Batshit Crazy First-Person Action Movie

by Michael Scrutchin Posted: 09-15-15 | 2 years ago
Scene from Hardcore (20150
Photo Credit: Biting Elbows / YouTube Scene from Hardcore (20150

The Internet has been all abuzz about the new trailer for Hardcore (trending topic on Facebook: check!), which bills itself as the world’s first action film shot entirely from the hero’s point of view. The makers unleashed the trailer this weekend ahead of the film’s debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it received positive reviews from critics. “Hardcore blasts along like a supercharged computer-game shoot-em-up, bursting with sick humor and splatterpunk violence,” wrote Stephen Dalton from The Hollywood Reporter.

Using a custom-designed GoPro camera rig, Hardcore puts viewers inside the perspective of Henry, a cyborg who must race against time to save his wife/creator (Haley Bennet) from Akan (Danila Kozlovsky), a Russian psychopath with telekinetic powers. Helping Henry fight against Akan and his army of mercenaries in Moscow is Jimmy, played by Sharlto Copley from District 9 and Elysium.

So, yeah, shit gets cray.

Hardcore is directed by Ilya Naishuller, who made a first-person POV music video for his band Biting Elbows’ song “Bad Motherfucker” back in 2013.

There have been other movies shot entirely (or almost entirely) from the main character’s point of view—Lady in the Lake (1947), which took on the viewpoint of private dick Philip Marlowe (Robert Montgomery), and Maniac (2012), which was shot from the point of view of a deranged serial killer played by Elijah Wood—but Hardcore just might be the first action film shot entirely in such a style.

And judging from the buzz on this one, it probably won’t be the last.

Watch the Hardcore trailer and the “Bad Motherfucker” music video. It might go without saying, but they’re probably not safe for work.

Michael Scrutchin

Former film critic and editor of the now-defunct Flipside Movie Emporium. Writer of sorts. Houston native. Also: dancer, poet, fiddler.

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