Watch: TIFF Trailer for Crazy First Person POV Action Film 'Hardcore'

September 13, 2015
Source: YouTube

Hardcore POV Trailer

"Hello Henry… Remember how you got here?" Holy moley! Get ready for this. The first official trailer has debuted for the "Biting Elbows" feature - Ilya Naishuller's Hardcore, which is playing at TIFF in Midnight Madness this month. Hardcore is the first action film to be shot 100% from "the hero's perspective", the feature version of that awesome POV short that everyone saw a few years ago plus others like Insane Office Escape. This looks crazy, with some weird sci-fi cyborg elements and a huge, complex story. Naishuller also rounded up one helluva cast: Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennet, Andrey Dementiev, Dasha Charusha, and Sveta Ustinova. This trailer is very violent and NSFW - beware. Fire it up below!

Here's the first official (TIFF) trailer for Ilya Naishuller's Hardcore, from YouTube (via The Film Stage):

And here's a few of the tweets and reactions from the Midnight Madness premiere at TIFF of Hardcore:

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 and congratulations, you’re now a cyborg. 5 minutes later, 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 just a psychotic megalomaniac with telekinetic powers, and a never-ending army of mercenaries. You’re also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, Russia and everyone wants you dead. Everyone, except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy (Sharlto Copley). He might be on your side. Good luck Henry. You’re very much likely to need it… Hardcore is directed by Russian filmmaker Ilya Naishuller, of the "Biting Elbows" action shorts, presented by Timur Bekmambetov. It's just premiering at TIFF in Midnight Madness this month. For more info, visit the official website. Stay tuned for release info.

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Reader Feedback - 18 Comments



Venom on Sep 13, 2015


Motion sickness is killing me...

qweqwu on Sep 13, 2015


My 4 year old has the same problem

Venom on Sep 13, 2015


(spits out drink) what the entire f**k? (starts doing the research for release dates)

Duane on Sep 13, 2015


Getting a Crank vibe from this, which I actually enjoyed. Most likely not everyone's cup of tea which is absolutely fine. At the very least I applaud the risk and experimentation. We've come a long way since Lady In The Lake, the success of PoV found footage films might translate into a larger audience for this one.

Neuromancer on Sep 13, 2015


Who said it was found footage? It's simply through his eyes.

Venom on Sep 13, 2015


No-one is saying that. I'm simply saying the recent success of found footage films which often employ similar PoVs means this perspective shouldn't be as easily dismissed as what happened decades ago.

Neuromancer on Sep 13, 2015


"the success of PoV found footage films" You said that

Venom on Sep 13, 2015


Sure did but I don't see how that implies I'm saying this one is found footage (I feel like I should clarify that I'm not saying that...). I'm talking about how the movie was shot, how a contemporary genre employs the technique and how it might impact the reception of this movie. Maybe I should just stick to "I'm in!' and be done with it.

Neuromancer on Sep 13, 2015


Much appreciated 🙂

Neuromancer on Sep 15, 2015


Wasn't there a viral video out like this a few years back?

Carpola on Sep 13, 2015


Yea, I mentioned in the post above - it's the same guy who made this video and other POV action shorts.

Alex Billington on Sep 13, 2015


I need to read things sometimes. 🙂

Carpola on Sep 13, 2015


Same director that did Biting Elbows, did Hardcore as well!

Jason Koburov on Sep 14, 2015



Ryan on Sep 13, 2015


Looks like most Call Of Duty video games. But I might give it a shot, certainly looks different than the standard action film.

theslayer5150 on Sep 14, 2015


There is risks in bringing new styles in movies, but I feel this will be the next big thing in movies if the critics don't beat it down. To be honest I like the style and visual of this. I am in

kendel john-charles on Sep 14, 2015


I heard good things about this trailer. It did not disappoint.

DAVIDPD on Sep 14, 2015

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