Will Stewart provided additional writing for the film. A man wakes inside a laboratory on an airship. A scientist, Estelle, tells him his name is Henry, she is his wife, and that he has been revived from an accident that left him amnesiac and mute.
She replaces his missing limbs with cybernetic prostheses , but mercenaries led by the psychokinetic Akan raid the ship before she can replace Henry's voice. Akan claims all of Estelle's research is his corporate property.
He kills Estelle's scientists, but Henry and Estelle flee in an escape pod, landing in Moscow. The mercenaries follow and abduct Estelle. Henry is rescued by a stranger named Jimmy, who informs him that his cybernetic limbs are running out of power, which will kill him if he can't recharge.
Jimmy is killed by corrupt police paid by Akan, but Henry escapes. He is joined by Jimmy—somehow not dead, now an alcoholic bum—who informs him that one of Akan's associates, Slick Dimitry, has a charging pump which Henry needs to recharge. The two are attacked, and again Jimmy is killed. Henry escapes, and hunts Dimitry through Moscow before capturing him.
Just as Dimitry promises him information, he is killed by a sniper. Henry removes the pump and receives a call from Jimmy, who directs Henry to a brothel. Henry meets two more distinct versions of Jimmy who replace his pump. The brothel is attacked by Akan's forces. Akan taunts Henry about Estelle, who is being transported by an armored convoy, before ejecting Henry from the brothel. Outside, Henry encounters another Jimmy, who transports him to Akan's convoy.
Henry finds Estelle—and Akan, who kills him and buries him in the woods. Jimmy finds and resuscitates Henry, only to be shelled by a tank. After killing the tank crew and fending off a helicopter, Henry finds another Jimmy, who leads him to an abandoned hotel, where Jimmy is headquartered in a hidden laboratory.
Here, the original Jimmy—a quadriplegic scientist—reveals that he is seeking revenge against Akan, who crippled him after his own cyborg super-soldiers failed. The other Jimmys are clones that he can control. Jimmy realizes that Henry has been unknowingly broadcasting his location to Akan, with a strike force closing in, and the clones attack Henry. Fending off Jimmy, Henry convinces him to help. Henry and the clones fight their way out, killing Akan's forces by collapsing the laboratory on them. Jimmy and Henry drive to Akan's headquarters.
They fight their way into an elevator, but Jimmy is mortally wounded. Before dying, Jimmy thanks Henry for being a friend, and removes a memory blocker, gradually restoring Henry's memories.
Henry fights his way to the highest floor, where he is greeted by Akan and an army of cyborg super-soldiers with Henry's memories. The soldiers chase Henry to the roof. Henry wipes out the entire army. Akan arrives and severely wounds Henry. Shortly after, Estelle arrives as well. It is revealed that Estelle was actually Akan's wife.
Everything that happened was an elaborate ruse to field-test their ability to manipulate cyborg soldiers into doing anything to "rescue" their "wife". Akan and Estelle leave in helicopters, leaving Henry for dead.
Henry blacks out, but a memory of his father revives him. Henry reaches Akan and decapitates him. He jumps onto Estelle's helicopter, presenting her Akan's head. Estelle attacks Henry, causing her to stumble out of the helicopter. Henry slams the door, sending her falling to her death. The role was given to Andrei Dementiev who also played Slick Dmitry. Dementiev suffered neck pain as well, in addition to losing a tooth after being accidentally struck by a stuntman.
In a few scenes, Henry was played by Naishuller himself. Several stuntmen portrayed Henry between scenes—in all, more than ten actors shared the role. Bodybuilding champion Alexey Karas appeared as a muscular cyborg.
Hardcore Henry was filmed with GoPro cameras mounted on a specially made mask  designed by Sergey Valyaev, deemed the "Adventure Mask",  and stabilization systems that used either electronics or magnets, created by the movie's director of photography, Vsevolod Kaptur. Blender , open-source software, was used for providing most of the visual effects for the film. The concept for the film came from the "Bad Motherfucker" and "The Stampede" music videos, which Naishuller made with Valyaev for his band, Biting Elbows.
These were also shot with a GoPro from the first-person perspective. The site's critical consensus reads, " Hardcore Henry seems poised to reinvent the action flick, but without a story or characters worth caring about, its first-person gimmick quickly loses its thrill. In Russia, the film received positive reviews. According to Russian aggregator Kritikanstvo, Hardcore Henry was rated 7.
Max Nicholson of IGN rated the film 8. While the film's actual story is nigh existent [ sic ], it's sure to please gamers and action junkies alike with its inventive set pieces and mind-boggling action" and " Hardcore Henry lives up to the title with non-stop, off-the-wall action and a love for all things video games".
Naishuller said:. I have an outline for a second one. If there's a need and a want for it. Both Sharlto and I would make a second one. It'd be much, much quicker. It may not be three years this time People are going to download or pirate it.
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