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Evan Rodriguez
Austin American-Statesman (TNS)

"Hardcore Henry" is a front-row type of film. It should be seen and experienced in a theater.

An image from HARDCORE HENRY
Courtesy of STX Entertainment

First-time, full-length feature director/writer Ilya Naishuller makes the man-child id of senseless violence a pseudoreality, a kind of first-person, gaming-esque hyperviolent fantasy. But never fear, the film is not all smash-'em-up testosterone, adrenaline and bloodshed. Its viscera is comic-like camp.
Naishuller has a sense of humor through the fisticuffs and doesn't take himself too seriously. Henry is a superhero whose voice activation has yet to be turned on. We become superheroes for around 90 minutes — and that is appealing.
Henry was once a man, who is now a souped-up hyper-athletic killing machine who can execute the most dexterous of parcours moves and kick everyone's butt creatively. You, or Henry, awaken, with absolutely no authentic memory, to your wife screwing your robotic leg back on in some type of laboratory when security is breached and the evil radioactive villain with gravitational radiation powers, Akan, comes to capture you and your wife.
The chase is on, and it truly does not stop until the credits roll. Good luck.

Grade: B
Starring: Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth, Haley Bennett
Rating: R, for nonstop violence and mayhem, language, sexuality, nudity, drug use
Running time: 1 hour, 36 minutes