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).


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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1636 – Love and Monsters (2020)

timespace coordinates: California, 7 years after the Monsterpocalypse

“A daffily lightweight throwback to the teen action-adventures of the ’80s and ’90s.” (variety)

“There’s a kicky spirit to the whole production and the effects are first-rate.” (Mercury News)

Love and Monsters is a 2020 American post-apocalyptic adventure comedy directed by Michael Matthews, with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen serving as producers. The film stars Dylan O’BrienMichael Rooker, Ariana Greenblatt and Jessica Henwick. It was released by Paramount Pictures under its Paramount Players and MTV Films labels via video on demand on October 16, 2020. (wiki)

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