HARDCORE HENRY

★★★½

This first person perspective 90 minute action movie from young Russian director Ilya Naishuller can have no better adjective attached to it than “gonzo”. Filmed entirely with GoPro style cameras, the audience is literally embodied in our hero, who wakes up in a laboratory to be told he has been made by an evil scientist into a cyborg. Set free by his beautiful assistant, he (and we) must kick, punch, sprint, parkour, drive and shoot our way through a bevy of bad guys to get to the bottom of his creator’s evil plans.

Assisting our hero on his way is a collection of clones all played with hilarious variation by South African actor Sharlto Copley (District 9, Elysium). Copley provides significant comic relief from the at times overwhelming violence, including an out-of-nowhere musical number (because, you know, why not?)

Overall, the movie at TIFF most likely to give you a mild headache by the end, but hey, don’t most fun nights out end that way? (Winner of the TIFF Midnight Madness People’s Choice Award)

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