Hardcore Henry - The FPS Video Game Movie

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Hardcore Henry - The FPS Video Game Movie

Hardcore Henry is the first movie to truly feel like watching your buddy play a video game.

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Shame that the gimmick didn't really work out, as the trailer was actually somewhat intriguing. First person action movie? Sounded good to me. Shame that they apparently didn't go any further than that.
 

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So we got Spunkgargleweewee: The Movie. I'm waiting the day when they figure out how to represent the multiplayer experience in an FPS videogame movie (people seem to enjoy multiplayer more than singleplayer in these games).
 

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DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS GUY

this movie was a lot of fun, and completely over the top. also, if you're worried that videogames have desensitized you to violence, this movie will show you that that is in fact not true.

i've almost never agreed with escapists new movie guy, and i'm proud to say this will be my last foray into this contributors content.

this movie is something so different, nobody can tell you how to feel about it unless you watch it yourself.
 

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CaitSeith said:
So we got Spunkgargleweewee: The Movie. I'm waiting the day when they figure out how to represent the multiplayer experience in an FPS videogame movie (people seem to enjoy multiplayer more than singleplayer in these games).
It's a crotch being pushed into your face from above for two hours.
 

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I kinda liked the movie. It's fun, cartoony violence in the vein of Shoot 'Em Up and Wanted, minus a compelling protagonist.
 

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09philj said:
CaitSeith said:
So we got Spunkgargleweewee: The Movie. I'm waiting the day when they figure out how to represent the multiplayer experience in an FPS videogame movie (people seem to enjoy multiplayer more than singleplayer in these games).
It's a crotch being pushed into your face from above for two hours.
So a typical Happy Madison film then?
 

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martyrdrebel27 said:
DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS GUY

this movie was a lot of fun, and completely over the top. also, if you're worried that videogames have desensitized you to violence, this movie will show you that that is in fact not true.

i've almost never agreed with escapists new movie guy, and i'm proud to say this will be my last foray into this contributors content.

this movie is something so different, nobody can tell you how to feel about it unless you watch it yourself.
Johnny Novgorod said:
I kinda liked the movie. It's fun, cartoony violence in the vein of Shoot 'Em Up and Wanted, minus a compelling protagonist.
I'm with both of you guys. I don't know what Cinemarter is on about. The movie won't change your life (what can nowadays?), but HH is entertaining and fun.
 

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And Marter's back to dumping on anything that looks like slam-bang mindless fun. Sharlto Copley acting crazy and the right fast-paced Queen song have compelled me o see it. Besides, it's very likely that the guys who made this grew up playing FPS's and what to celebrate them in movie form, like Gamer. Remember that one?
 

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CoCage said:
martyrdrebel27 said:
DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS GUY

this movie was a lot of fun, and completely over the top. also, if you're worried that videogames have desensitized you to violence, this movie will show you that that is in fact not true.

i've almost never agreed with escapists new movie guy, and i'm proud to say this will be my last foray into this contributors content.

this movie is something so different, nobody can tell you how to feel about it unless you watch it yourself.
Johnny Novgorod said:
I kinda liked the movie. It's fun, cartoony violence in the vein of Shoot 'Em Up and Wanted, minus a compelling protagonist.
I'm with both of you guys. I don't know what Cinemarter is on about. The movie won't change your life (what can nowadays?), but HH is entertaining and fun.
It seems that critics in general aren't liking the movie, I saw it the night it came out and loved it. Most of the people i know who have seen it enjoyed it.
 

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I think that's a little harsh. I agree almost completely with Josh Rothkopf of Time Out New York. It's a thrill ride that could be extremely tedious and boring had it not been so artfully crafted.
 

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One of the problems with gamers is that they think that videogame plots are better than they actually are. When the critic says:

Henry takes orders from Jimmy without thought or argument, trusting him wholeheartedly almost the second they meet. Jimmy gives him directions to a place, tells him that there's someone there who needs interrogating or killing, and then Henry does it.

Yeah, that pretty much IS every FPS game ever. Oh, who the hell are we kidding? That's EVERY GAME EVER!!! There are almost no games where you're allowed to tell the person giving you the briefing to piss off even when it becomes blazingly obvious that they're up to no good. At best, you can refuse sidequests on an MMO but that's about it.
 

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It sounds like this movie should have been a first-person Birdman in the cinematography and editing department... At least it still sounds interesting/fun to watch, anyway...

Other than that, on a scale of numbers to letters, how "hardcore" is Henry?
 

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Darth_Payn said:
And Marter's back to dumping on anything that looks like slam-bang mindless fun. Sharlto Copley acting crazy and the right fast-paced Queen song have compelled me o see it. Besides, it's very likely that the guys who made this grew up playing FPS's and what to celebrate them in movie form, like Gamer. Remember that one?
Gamer was one of the most boring movies ever made. And that film was done by the guys who did Crank! How the hell did they fuck that up?!
 

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martyrdrebel27 said:
DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS GUY

this movie was a lot of fun, and completely over the top. also, if you're worried that videogames have desensitized you to violence, this movie will show you that that is in fact not true.

i've almost never agreed with escapists new movie guy, and i'm proud to say this will be my last foray into this contributors content.

this movie is something so different, nobody can tell you how to feel about it unless you watch it yourself.
CoCage said:
I don't know what Cinemarter is on about. The movie won't change your life (what can nowadays?), but HH is entertaining and fun.
Totally agree, Hardcore Henry is a blast.


Michael Tabbut said:
It seems that critics in general aren't liking the movie, I saw it the night it came out and loved it. Most of the people i know who have seen it enjoyed it.
A lot of the Youtube critics have really dug it. In general though, action movies don't get the best reviews from your normal critics. I watched one review and found out "Don't Stop Me Now" is used in the movie and then I just had to go and see it.

Caramel Frappe said:
*Watches the entire movie of Cloverfield* Well i'm a tad dizzy, but the movie was still cool to see!

*Watches the trailer of Hardcore Henry* Holy jesus i'm going to puke my brains out.

Seriously, the cameraman or the way they filmed this movie is horrendous. Wonky, shaky, and so frantic it made me dizzy within the first minute. The reason Cloverfield didn't make me feel sick at all was because despite some action scenes here and there, the camera was never that clunky or bad on the eyes.

Here, there's non stop action with some of the worse camera handling i've ever seen and began growing really sick.

I can totally see why Marter would feel the same, and to top it all off- has a bad plot and forgettable cast of characters? Oh what a flunk of a movie for sure. Such a shame we can't ever get video game based movies to be above average in quality.
I had zero trouble watching Hardcore Henry but I have no motion sickness issues (outside of reading in a car, just can't do that). I thought Cloverfield was worse as far as just watching it as there's a sorta "flow" with Hardcore Henry's camerawork (sorta feels more like Mirror's Edge than a FPS) whereas Cloverfield is shaky cam as it's just a dude holding a camera and shaking it all around; basically, some guy running while holding a camera is more shaky than a guy with a camera rigged to his head. I find the shaky cam stuff of the Bourne sequels way more annoying than Hardcore Henry.

I don't get why the movie is getting automatically compared to video game plots as video games basically copied action movie plots to begin with as most action movies have plots that just serve the purpose to get from one action scene to another. Hardcore Henry is just in that vain of action movies and it doesn't do anything any worse of say a Crank or a John Wick. Hardcore Henry has a better plot than some action movies like say The Raid.

Sharlto Copley "characters" are far more entertaining and memorable than most characters in these type of action movies. Again, no character in The Raid is as entertaining to watch as any one of Sharlto Copley's characters. Yet, you don't see The Raid getting criticized as being nothing but a movie version of a video game beat'em up.
 

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Phoenixmgs said:
Sharlto Copley "characters" are far more entertaining and memorable than most characters in these type of action movies. Again, no character in The Raid is as entertaining to watch as any one of Sharlto Copley's characters. Yet, you don't see The Raid getting criticized as being nothing but a movie version of a video game beat'em up.
Roger Ebert would like to say otherwise:

Some of the hand-to-hand battles are shameless in how they mimic video games. A fighter stands in a corridor and demolishes an enemy. As the enemy falls, another springs into position from around corner, ready to be demolished in turn. Then another. It's like they're being ejected by an automatic victim dispenser.

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-raid-redemption-2012
The prick missed the point entirely of the film. There's a reason why I never liked him nor Siskel. I have some respect for them, but mostly hate their guts. It doesn't help that he looked down on all gamer and some people who didn't share the same opinion as his. Not unlike another certain film "reviewer"; and I'm not referring to Cinemarter.
 
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100% jumping on the "Hardcore Henry is awesome and Marter is a dumb poopyface" bandwagon. Sometimes I agree with the reviews, but the critics have generally been dead wrong on this one.

Henry is just a damn joyride all the way through. It's like the church scene in Kingsmen extended to an hour and a half with insane near-death stuntwork.

I almost guarantee that in 10, 15 years this movie will be considered a cult classic that was panned on release.

I'll admit it definitely isn't for everyone, but you don't get motion sickness, just check it out. Jimmy alone is worth the price of a ticket.
 

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CoCage said:
Phoenixmgs said:
Sharlto Copley "characters" are far more entertaining and memorable than most characters in these type of action movies. Again, no character in The Raid is as entertaining to watch as any one of Sharlto Copley's characters. Yet, you don't see The Raid getting criticized as being nothing but a movie version of a video game beat'em up.
Roger Ebert would like to say otherwise...
Of course, I meant for the most part The Raid wasn't criticized nearly as much as it's at an 85% fresh rating vs Hardcore Henry. There was really only a few moments here and there that felt video game-y to me. I didn't feel at all like I was watching a FPS whereas the Doom 1st-person scene is exactly that. Hardcore Henry just felt like a straight-up action flick.
 

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Michael Tabbut said:
It seems that critics in general aren't liking the movie, I saw it the night it came out and loved it. Most of the people i know who have seen it enjoyed it.
I don't know, YourMovieSucks reviewed the movie 9 months ago (he saw it at the Toronto Film Festival back when it was still called "Hardcore" which was where a 3 way bidding war for the distribution rights occurred) and he was pretty damn positive about the movie, and this is a guy who's a very hard guy to impress.