TIFF Trailer for ‘Hardcore,’ the First POV Action Film

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Hardcore, the first ever POV action film from Russian filmmaker Ilya Naishuller premiered tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival, and we have its new trailer to share.

Produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and starring Sharlto Copley,

Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennet, Andrey Dementiev, Dasha Charusha, and Sveta Ustinova, it is definitely NSFW!

Release date is not confirmed yet. Watch the first trailer for the world’s first action film to be shot 100% from the hero’s perspective after the jump to check out the POV style in motion. This trailer is also NSFW.

Interesting, maybe trying a bit to hard tho? It’ll appeal mostly to the people into FPS games.

The TIFF’s extended synopsis for Hardcore reveals more information:

A lot can happen in a Moscow minute, and in Hardcore you will experience every delirious second through the eyes of Henry, a newly resurrected cybernetic super-soldier tasked with saving his brilliant wife Estelle (Haley Bennett) from a psychotic paramilitary psychic who aspires to make it in the world-domination racket. With guidance from the eccentric Jimmy (a sublimely silly Sharlto Copley), Henry will punch, kick, parry, and parkour his way across Russia, battling all manner of gun-toting, sword-wielding, flame-throwing mercenaries — as you watch from the driver’s seat.

POV Action FlmAfter breaking the Internet with a jawdropping first-person-perspective music video for his band Biting Elbows, director Ilya Naishuller doubles down with his debut feature. Once again delivering outrageous, unbroken POV action, he pushes the conceit to dizzying heights, hurtling the camera through a parade of breathless spectacles. Assisted by a team of fearless cinematographers and stunt performers, Naishuller’s astonishingly propulsive style — recalling the mechanized gaze of James Cameron’s and Paul Verhoeven’s respective cyborgs, as well as the hyperreal aesthetics and minimalist narrative architecture of first-person video games like Half-Life and Mirror’s Edge — gives us a new breed of action movie that’s practically a pure distillation of the genre itself.

So strap yourself in, put your helmet on, and apply all the action-movie adjectives, because this time they ain’t just spewing hyperbole: Hardcore is a non-stop, action-packed, white-knuckle, crackerjack thrill ride, and once it starts, there is no getting off!