Hardcore Henry was a whole lot of fun. A true first person shooter fan's wet dream of a movie. The plot is thin, the action spectacular has a cool plot device and the obligatory "twist". If you go in understanding that this is a partly crowd funded, independent movie, it is EASILY, HANDS DOWN, the best independent action movie ever made.
From beginning to end, you are the hero of the movie, and that certainly has it's pros and it's cons. If you're sensitive to motion sickness, it might mess with you a bit, but I found that it didn't bother me at all. Because of the "first person" view, don't expect too many "cinematic vistas", the visual splendor comes from the intense, never yielding, constant flow of action and violence.
You've never seen a movie like Hardcore Henry, but I'm guessing if you've played a few video games you've basically seen this film but to see it play out in real life (most of the action in this movie is practical effects with the use of editing to make "the magic happen") is truly something to behold. When you see Henry hundreds of feet off the ground suspended from a helicopter and his rope is cut, the footage of him falling to the Earth in magnificent style, really happened. When you see Henry free-climbing buildings or being blown off the roof of a truck, a real actor was bungied off a truck and the equipment was all edited out later. What I'm telling you is that this movie has AMAZING stunt work that might get passed off as simple computer "animation" when it's not.
Finally, I have to mention Sharlito Copley. If you're not a fan of this guy (District 9, or Murdoch from the A-Team movie) you will be when this is over. In the course of this movie he plays a wide variety of personalities and it works very, very well.
I don't write reviews like this much, but I think this movie is going to fly under a lot of people's radar. Let me be clear though, this movie knows it's audience. If you have to think really hard when you watch a movie, pass on this one, it's not deep. If you want a date night movie, this isn't the one. (Caveat being if your girl is a HARDCORE first person gamer, then you might be her hero.) But if you're a guy that likes your action video games, your finishing movies, your gun play, and movies with cyborgs, violence,strippers, guns, coked out madmen, guns, bad guys with psychic powers, guns, violence, grenades, guns and violent bad guys with guns, this movie is going to impress you.