Well that was totally badass from start to finish – what a mental ride!
I’d heard a lot a out this twisted beauty over the last couple of months but I wasn’t altogether sure if I was going to like it or not.
To me, the early reports made it kinda sound like a Call of Duty game and that ain’t always my thing.
Within about 10 minutes of watching this movie I knew I was onto something different – something a level above anything that had been tried before.
The film benefits from doing something that most films in this genre don’t have the gall to do, that is, break formula and do something different.
Pretty damn cool in my book!
Well, Henry awakens to find himself in an experimental chair of a futuristic laboratory. Then all kinda shit hits the fan for the next 90 minutes!
I really wish I could give you more than that but the whole film is based on this confused beginning – the audience needs to be as confused as Henry himself.
Just take it from me – you’ll like it! 🙂
The Star of The Show Ain’t Henry!
Director Ilya Naishuller (who also wrote and stars in the movie) has pulled off a really clever character twist in this film which helps the audience no end.
Whilst we watch proceedings through the eyes of Henry he isn’t really the lead character…
Yeah, bear with me a second…
A character named Jimmy subtly turns into the star of this movie without the audience really noticing.
He becomes Henry’s ‘sidekick’ and he also becomes a lead voice in the film. He’s played by actor Sharlto Copley and it’s a pretty impressive choice – he brings an element of humor and madness to the screen…
Mind you, it’s not as if the movie lacks madness at any point!
This movie definitely has the personality of an Xbox best-seller but it’s squeezed into the shot angles of a GoPro camera – it’s highly impressive action cinematography from start to finish.
It’s not long before the film descends into a truly mad parkour fest that constantly made me feel dizzy (in a good way!).
The action scenes (which make up at least 99% of the movie) are backed up by a truly wicked choice of soundtrack – it’s like someone’s discovered the most awesome jukebox in the world!
One particularly mad action scene is backed up by Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” whilst a slightly more thoughtful section is backed up by The Temptation’s “My Girl”.
This choice of music is a masterstroke and does an impressive job of controlling film’s atmosphere comfortably.
To be honest with you this was just plain impressive – a vision that was brought to the screen with no holds barred and just made!
The only drawback I took from the experience was that it displays a plot that doesn’t carry much weight at all…but who gives a shit really?
We’ve got a guy ripping his way through tidal waves of henchmen, buckets of blood and completely mind blowing stunts.
All that is backed up by a ‘style’ Ilya Naishuller has honed in on and made his own – pretty awesome stuff.
As far as POV films go – this one has almost certainly broke the mold!
An instant classic.