Flash Movie Review: Hardcore Henry

From the era where the video game Pong appeared to current times, video games have technically advanced by light years. I like most kids my age was swept up into this new form of entertainment, acquiring and trading game cartridges that my friends and I would play on our television screens. My favorite types of games were either based in science fiction or brain teasers. I was always excited to get a new space type of game where I would have to defend earth from hostile alien beings. With these types of games I did not have a problem shooting a ray gun or a cannon blaster. However, if a game used realistic guns in a real type of setting I was not a fan of the game. I did not care to pretend I was shooting humans in a war or criminal setting. As a little boy I loved playing with toy soldiers in battles; but as an adult I had no desire to put myself in a realistic fighting scenario. Now here is an interesting thought: do you think there is any correlation between violent video games and an increase in actual violence among us? It is not something I have actually thought about much until I saw this action movie. I have to tell you I always thought the more violence a person is exposed to the more numb they become to it. Even at the health clubs I chose not to teach any type of combat classes due to my beliefs. I wonder if this is why I felt I was not best suited to watch this adventure science fiction film.    WAKING from unconsciousness with no memories, to a strange woman telling him she knows him, Henry had to quickly decide if he should believe her when she was kidnapped. This film festival winner had a unique idea by filming the entire picture through Henry’s eyes. This meant there was a lot of shaky and quick jerky looking scenes. By a lot I mean every scene. With a cast that included Sharito Copley (District 9, Chappie) as Jimmy, Danila Kozlovsky (Vampire Academy, The Spy) as Akan and Tim Roth (The Incredible Hulk, Reservoir Dogs) as Henry’s father; I cannot honestly say I enjoyed the acting because there really was no story. The little story there was made no sense to me. This entire film simply was a video game on a big screen, but none of the viewers could play it. I give the movie studio credit for trying such a novel approach to filming; however, sitting in my seat watching shooting and violence the entire time was extremely boring. Hopefully I am not stereotyping but the small predominantly male crowd sitting in the theater appeared to be gamers. If this is the future of both video games and movies I do not think I will be able to handle it. I would rather stick with those old games like Pong or Tetris.


1 1/2 stars





About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on April 13, 2016, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I’m waiting for a good movie to see – darn. Seems like a dry spell. I did see “My Name is Doris.” It was enjoyable. I’ll keep hoping to see that intriguing review, which will send me to the movies! Thank you. 🙂

    • Hi Judy, I am glad you saw Hello, my Name is Doris. I agree with you regarding the dry spell; it has been dismal to say the least. If you have a moment check out the reviews for Midnight Special and Eye in the Sky; they may intrigue you. Thanks for the comments.

      • I appreciate the heads up for those movies – thank you! I’ll check them out and let you know if I see either of them. I look forward to your reviews, especially when I know it’s something I’ll go to see!

  2. Jordan Richardson

    “I would rather stick with those old games like Pong or Tetris.”

    You and me both. This looks like a gimmick, through and through, but it’s been done before and to greater effect. I’m reminded of DARK PASSAGE from 1947 in particular, in which POV exists as a form that matters and not a mere gimmick. And in that outing, there was value in the darkness imposed on the viewer.

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