Hardcore Henry is a video game-inspired first-person thriller, and it blasts its way into cinemas this weekend. A new clip has been released that provides a taste of the insane action that audiences can expect. Check it out below:
Hardcore Henry is directed by Ilya Naishuller, with a cast that includes Tim Roth, Sharlto Copley, and Haley Bennett. Naishuller received considerable attention in 2014 for the award-winning first-person POV music video he directed for his band Biting Elbows. The video caught the attention of Nightwatch director Timur Bekmambetov, who offered to produce a film showcasing many of these pioneering techniques.
In a recent interview with Den of Geek, District 9 star Copley spoke about joining this unusual production, and the challenges involved in shooting it. “The first thing that I saw was the music video,” he said. “After watching that about 25 times on repeat, I was fascinated with the idea of trying to make a movie in that format.
“It was the most difficult film I’ve ever made. We knew going in that we were going into an experimental world, and you know, the shoot was meant to be 45 days and it took 120 in the end. I went back to Russia three times [to finish shooting].”
“It really rewrites a lot of the traditional rules of filmmaking that you’re used to and comfortable with,” Copley explained. “It helped that we had a young passionate Russian crew that were relatively inexperienced–it reminded me a lot of our crew in South Africa on District 9. They’ve grown up with international media and want to show the world what they have to offer.”
Hardcore Henry hits cinemas on April 8.