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Hardcore Henry

Obscenely violent sci-fi action flick set in Moscow is presented exclusively from the point of view of the (uncredited) title character, a man whose scientist wife (Haley Bennett) brings him back to life as a cyborg and who, aided by a cagey stranger (Sharlto Copley), must then battle assailants led by a malevolent industrialist (Danila Kozlovsky) with telekinetic powers. The novelty of writer-director Ilya Naishuller's decision to shoot the unrelenting onslaught entirely through the eyes of the mute Henry quickly wears off. And the movie's frenetic pacing and glibly humorous tone cannot hide the fact that it amounts to little more than a tedious and dispiritingly disposable exercise in excess.

Watch out for: A near-constant stream of extremely graphic violence, frequent drug use, strong sexual content, including several perverse situations and much upper female nudity, pervasive profane, rough and crude language.

Rated: O, morally offensive; MPAA: R

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