1685 – Hardcore Henry (2015)

timespace coordinates: near-future Moscow

Hardcore Henry (Russian: Хардкор; also known simply as Hardcore in some countries)  is a 2015 Russian-American science fiction action film written and directed by Ilya Naishuller (in his feature directorial debut).

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It stars Sharlto CopleyDanila KozlovskyHaley Bennett, and Tim Roth. Henry was played by 10 different stuntmen and cameramen including the director Ilya Naishuller, Darya Charusha, who plays a dominatrix biker, is also the film’s composer.

Max Nicholson of IGN rated the film 8.6/10 stating “Two parts FPS, one part platformer and a pinch of HowToBasic, director Ilya Naishuller’s Hardcore Henry is a recipe for non-stop, ludicrous fun. 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”. (wiki)

The video game Payday 2 had a cross-promotion before the movie’s release. It came with heists relating to the film’s plot, along with a new playable character (Jimmy) and new weapons. A poster for the game can be seen on wall of the one of the apartments where Slick Dimitri is found and Jimmy’s mask from the game can be seen in the drawer with the weapons in the strip club.

Before this film, writer and director Ilya Naishuller made several music videos for his Russian punk rock band “Biting Elbows”. The videos were shot in the same style: Fast paced, first person perspective action videos.

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1444 – Elea (2018 video game)

timespace coordinates: Elea is a surreal sci-fi adventure game in which you play as space scientist Elea. In 2073, Earth was struck by a horrid childhood disease and Elea’s husband Ethan joined an expedition to colonize Solace, a habitable exoplanet, to save humanity from extinction. The interstellar ship he was on, Pilgrimage, went radio silent shortly after it reached planet Solace. Thirteen years later, Elea joins a recovery mission to investigate the faith of the expedition. What follows is a wondrous journey through space.

Elea is a first-person Sci-Fi interactive storytelling adventure developed by a two-person team from Bulgaria, Kyodai Ltd.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS (MINIMUM): Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system / OS: Windows 7 64-bit / Processor: Intel Core i3-4130 or AMD FX – 8320 / Memory: 6 GB RAM / Graphics: Nvidia GTX 650 Ti 2GB / AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB / DirectX: Version 11 / Storage: 6 GB available space

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