It premiered at TIFF and early word is promising:
Hardcore isnít a perfect movie by any means, but it is a rip-roaring 90 minutes of firepower, action and carnage, and an unprecedented cinematic achievement. Naishuller may have made a name for himself with this GoPro-style action, but you donít keep a packed theater cheering for an hour and a half by leaning on a gimmick.
With Henry on a mission to rescue Estelle from Akan's clutches, the movie's main plot engine is a full-throttle chase from downtown Moscow to a secret laboratory in dense woodland outside the city. This bravura marathon of POV action involves frantic parkour, gunfights, flamethrowers, airships, streetcars, helicopters, tanks, exploding heads, and a predictably massive body count. The constant shaky-camera momentum and adrenalized pace becomes a little wearying in places, but the special affects are superbly executed, while the audacious sight gags come thick and fast.