Posted on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I had many conflicting thoughts about Hardcore Henry, one of the most impressively made movies to ever leave me unsure of what I just watched. But there is one thing I can say for sure: director Ilya Naishuller is a guy we should be keeping an eye on. No matter what you think of his ultra-violent, incredibly silly action film, there is no doubt that it is an impressive technical achievement. I can safely say that Naishuller, his crew, and his death-defying stuntmen have created a movie that is unlike anything I have seen before.
And it turns out that making a bombastic shoot-’em-up that utilizes video game language to tell the story entirely from the first person point-of-view of the lead character is a huge pain in the ass. I sat down with Naishuller the day after Hardcore Henry’s SXSW screening to talk about the difficulties in making a movie like this, his influences, and how video games are changing cinema.
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The Toronto International Film Festival is in full swing, and with it comes teases of some of the movies playing at the Canadian film showcase. Today we have a NSFW glimpse of a sci-fi action movie called Hardcore, which was shot entirely from a first-person perspective, not unlike a live-action video game.
Executive produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and written/directed by Russian filmmaker Ilya Naishuller, the first Hardcore trailer has arrived before the film’s premiere, and this looks like an absolutely insane movie, complete with telekinesis, naked girls, tons of gunfire, explosions and a lot of crazy fun. Read More »
Even if you don’t know the name Ilya Naishuller, you probably remember his work — the Russian musician/filmmaker made two high-energy POV videos for his band Biting Elbows, the second of which hit the internet like an action explosion. The first, dubbed ‘Office Escape,’ has been seen over five million times on YouTube alone; the follow-up has tens of millions of views. Now Naishuller is working on a feature, called Hardcore. It follows the same POV setup, and you can see the first Hardcore POV teaser below. Read More »
Because you’re on the internet, and specifically reading /Film, there’s a very good chance you’ve seen the last two short films by Ilya Naishuller, even if you don’t know his name. The Russian filmmaker has done two action-heavy POV shorts that took the online world bu storm: they were dubbed Insane Office Escape and a sequel, both of which are embedded below. (The shorts are videos for the songs ‘The Stampede’ and ‘Bad Motherfucker’ by the band Biting Elbows, of which Naishuller is a member.)
Naturally, producers came calling, and now Naishuller has a feature deal. The main producer was Timur Bekmambetov; the movie is called Hardcore and the man to lead it is Sharlto Copley. The film will be shot with the same crew Naishuller used on the two shorts (albeit with the addition of a good many more people) and will be entirely POV. More details are below.
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A couple years ago we posted Insane Office Escape, a super fun short action film shot entirely in POV. Ilya Naishuller has returned with a sequel, which not only ups the action but takes the POV situations and one-take stunts to even larger explosive extremes. In a day and age when the big studios are trying to make found footage movies for under $15 million, I’m not sure why Hollywood hasn’t tried to get Naishuller to replicate this POV action in a feature film. Watch Biting Elbows – ‘Bad Motherfucker’ (Insane Office Escape 2) now embedded after the jump.
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Recently we’ve heard about a couple of in-development films that may have POV action sequences, or that might even be shot entirely in POV. We’ve seen some POV action in features before, but not a great deal of it. I’ve been dubious about the idea of an all-POV action film, to be honest. Now I’m one step closer to being convinced thanks to the video for the song ‘The Stampede,’ by a band called Biting Elbows.
The video is on YouTube under the title Insane Office Escape, and when you watch it you’ll understand why. This is basically a three-minute short action film, directed by Ilya Naishuller, in which a guy steals an object and tries to escape from an office as suited security worker bees give chase. And it’s great stuff. (Be aware that there is an optically-censored bit that, without the blurring, would make this NSFW. It’s probably fine, but just a heads-up) Read More »