Weekend Movies: Five Reasons to Watch Hardcore Henry
A huge part of the movie going experience is to have fun. So often, we forget to let go and have a good time because we’re too busy checking someone out or picking apart a plot hole, or a shoddy technique, or something else. Bearing that in mind, I went into Hardcore Henry wondering if I was going to hate myself by the end of it. Nope. Pure love. Totally worth the money. Here are five reasons to head on down to the theatre and see it this weekend.
|This is just plain fun.|
Maybe it’s the gamer in me, but I enjoy something where it looks like I’m the person performing the action. Even better when it’s action-based. Let’s face it, this method wouldn’t work in a melodrama. No one wants to be Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias. We do want to be Jason Statham in Crank. Even better, I want to do this and win without much effort. I don’t have to worry about rage-quitting this either. Although, you have to admit that there are some films you can and do rage quit. I’m looking at you, X-Men: The Last Stand.
For a film that’s an hour and a half, it gets peppy quick. Did I say quick? Once it gets going, it takes off like a gunshot, not looking back. It doesn’t let up, which is impressive when you stop to think that most normal humans at the very least need a few minutes in between fight sequences to catch their breath. It’s a good thing I had a drink with me: as an indoor kid, I was pretty tired watching it. That happened during Run Lola Run as well. Proof that I belong indoors, where I’m well-fed and watered. I got to live vicariously through this film. My exercise quotient for the month is complete.
I’ve had my eye on Sharlto Copley for a while. There’s a bit of a madman lurking beneath that smile. It comes out in his role here as Jimmy, which is both unhinged and sarcastic. He even gets the chance to be poignant in between his incarnations. Yes, he shows up multiple times, in different personas. Each one is over-the-top and has precisely zero fucks to give. He also dies in spectacular fashion. It makes sense once it’s explained, but when it’s happening, it’s completely batshit. I highly recommend watching this for that particular quality.
Director Ilya Naishuller is a member of the Russian band Biting Elbows, and he’s known for directing violent, first-person music videos. Thing is, he’s not just some hack. There are shots in this film that prove he’s got a great eye. I mean, the free-fall from the flying lab? Perfect. It’s no wonder why Timur Bekmambetov produced this. Timur has an eye for good action sequences (hello there, Daywatch), and it’s apparent that Naishuller has it as well. I can’t wait to see what these two cook up together in the future.
|Just watch this already.|