When April 8th arrives, it will be bringing with it a new look for an old genre at your local cinema.
Hardcore Henry, an 80’s action flick wrapped in a slick, new, video game style package, is taking “In the eyes of the beholder” very seriously with its entirely first-person perspective. Viewed through the eyes of the title character – someone you’ll only see if he looks in a mirror (foreshadowing 🙂 ) – HH is trying to take an innovative step in a copycat landscape.
For years now triple-A game titles like Uncharted and Mass Effect, to name a few, have done a wonderful job making their dynamic action feel more like controlling a movie than just playing a game. Many of those franchises use the first-person-shooter format – Halo and Call of Duty – giving the gamer a character’s eye view of the entire experience, making it even easier to be immersed.
STX Entertainment says this: “A first-person action film from the eyes of Henry, who’s resurrected from death with no memory. He must discover his identity and save his wife from a warlord with a plan to bio-engineer soldiers.”
This connectivity to the consumer, this through your own eyes approach that’s made gaming a household experience is exactly what the makers of Hardcore Henry are hoping to tap into. We’ve been making games more and more like the movies, what if we make the movies more like the games? Hmmm?
Been done? Sure, on smaller, low budget scales. Or for moments of little consequence (see the last 10 minutes of Doom). But if this works boys and girls, it really could be a first. But will it work? Hell, should it work? What elements of storytelling will be lost with the camera tied firmly to the lead’s head? Can you make that perspective into two plus hours of interesting?
I don’t know. Honestly, I’m expecting it to be a trainwreck. But a trainwrech that could open some creative doors. We could use a little new and fresh in the entertainment industry. So while it may have some bugs to work out – or it may be amazing (fingers crossed) – at least someone is taking a chance on something different. They’ll get my ten bucks next month.
But the real question is: Will they get your money? And are you even intrigued by the classic story with a new look? If you’re still not sure, here’s the previous two trailers: