Our Own Points of View on ‘Hardcore Henry’


This time on the Moving Pixels Podcast we discuss not a game, but a movie. Hardcore Henry to be specific.

I did not like Hardcore Henry. Let’s just get that out of the way. I came out of that theater only glad I went to a matinee and thus didn’t spend as much money on the ticket. I wouldn’t recommend anyone go and see it.

Having said that, talking about what the movie was doing was rather interesting. My main issue with the film is that it’s hard to watch and comprehend what is going on. The main artistic choice makes it ugly to look at and kind of boring to watch. But the things its attempting are interesting. As a movie whose subtext is about the subtext of video games, it’s got quite a bit to say and quite a lot of homage. I was actually doing a sort of footnoting throughout of what a reference was when we discussed any element. One I do regret was not mentioning the final boss fight of the movie was straight from Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones.

You can hear our discussion over at PopMatters, on SoundCloud, through the RSS feed and now back on iTunes.

“Henry! Fight back! You’re capable of more than you think!”

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