Hardcore Henry ★★★★

5/30 of my SXSW 2016

This is a game of equal action and cut scenes turned into a feature, not a realistic first person narrative. That means it's got tons of jump cuts and is structured like a classic game rather than being edited like a movie. This is purposeful, consistent, and a whole lot of fun! This movie is perfect for those of you who go on YouTube after you finish a game just so you can watch all the narrative scenes of the story again. Hardcore Henry pokes at a lot at tropes and trends you'll recognize even if you're a novice gamer. Its over the top and exaggerated acting and action are on the nose. The big baddy doesn't make much of an impression but gets better later on, sadly his accent doesn't become any easier to understand.

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