Hardcore Henry follows, you guessed it, Henry. Henry is built from the ground up to be some kind of super soldier, he has no memory, no ability to speak, an artificial arm and leg and a newly found ability to kick the ass of literally any living thing he comes across. When his supposed wife (Haley Bennett) is captured by Akan (Danila Kozlovsky), the man who made Henry "Hardcore", he enlists the help of Jimmy (Sharlto Copley) to rescue her and find out the truth about himself. I am surprised at how many sentences I was able to write about this film's plot, as it didn't seem like there was even a plot when I was watching it.
Speaking of the action in this film, where do I begin. When the first real action scene started, I got extremely worried. I didn't think I could sit through a whole 90 minutes of it. It was shaky, incomprehensible, loud, and obnoxious, Thankfully, not all the action scenes are like this. There are two scenes I can honestly say impressed the hell out of me. One being a motorcycle chase that makes it's way into a tank chase and finally ends with a chase scene on a helicopter, This was about half way through the film and when it happened, I was a little more excited for what was to happen after that. The second action scene I enjoyed was a shootout in the final act that emphasizes big guns and grenades. It also features a sequence where Henry is using a sniper rifle and it's the more impressive uses of the first person angle. This scene had somewhat competent camera work and wasn't as frantic as the rest of the film, like the over bloated and tedious final fight. It literally seemed like it was never going to end.
To make it seem more appealing, this film has a healthy dose of humor, and to my surprise, I found myself laughing at many of the jokes. There's a scene where Henry tried to ride a horse and it was so utterly stupid, but it made me laugh pretty damn hard. There's a standout dance number in the film as well, it's actually quite clever and made me laugh, but also feel uncomfortable at the same time. I have to praise Sharlto Copley and his incredible comedic performance, he is the film's brightest bright spot and whenever he is onscreen, I laughed. Not all the humor works, but I like that it was there. Along with laughing with the film, there are many times I laughed at the film. whether it's at the god awful dialogue or the laughably bad portrayal of women. Literally every on-screen female is a hooker or a straight up bitch.
Hardcore Henry may be unlike any other movie to date, but that means absolutely nothing if it's not a good film. Some action is fun and some humor hits, but it never ascends from a gimmicky attempt to connect with a young, gaming world. Add the nauseating camerawork, excessive gore and inept story telling, you get the shoes of Hardcore Henry, which you really don't ever want to walk in.