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Rated R · 95 minutes · 2016

Action, Science fiction
In this steroidal Russian actioner, everything unfolds from the perspective of the title character, a hideously mangled man who's been reanimated as a cyborg. The mute protagonist is played by a series of stunt-man cinematographers who wore camera helmets for every dizzying frame. Henry, helped (or thwarted, I wasn't always sure) by his scientist wife (Haley Bennett) and a mysterious agent with multiple personalities (Sharlto Copley), battles an egomaniacal, telekinetic albino (Danila Kozlovsky) and his Muscovite minions. The body count is off the charts, the means of dispatch including knives, guns, bombs, cars, tanks, flamethrowers, and a midair decapitation by helicopter cable. Ilya Naishuller, a protege of producer Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), wrote and directed this debut feature, which should be rated I for "insane." In English and subtitled Russian.
Official Site: www.stxmovies.com/hardcorehenry
Director: Ilya Naishuller
Producer: Timur Bekmambetov, Ilya Naishuller, Inga Smith and Ekaterina Kononenko
Cast: Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett, Dasha Charusha, Sveta Ustinova, Tim Roth, Cyrus Arnold, Ilya Naishuller, Will Stewart and Jake Karlen

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