It's true that video games, with their massive budgets and celebrity voice actors, are becoming more like big Hollywood movies. But is the reverse also true? The uber-violent action flick Hardcore Henry takes the look and style of a first-person shooter game, and a new trailer highlighting the cinematic carnage has been released.
Music video director Ilya Naishuller is at the helm of this one, with Sharlto Copley, Haley Bennett, and Danila Kozlovsky starring in the action-packed story of a man brought back from the dead by his wife, and then must go on a bloody rampage to rescue her from kidnappers. Here's the synopsis, which even reads like the plot from a video game manual:
"Strap in. Hardcore Henry is one of the most unflinchingly original wild-rides to hit the big screen in a long time: You remember nothing. Mainly because you've just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who's got her? His name's Akan (Danila Kozlovsky); he's a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You're also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy (Sharlto Copley.) He may be on your side, but you aren't sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You're likely going to need it..."
Hardcore Henry hits theaters on April 8th.