Everyone has probably heard of the Toronto International Film Festival’s big movies like Tom Hardy’s Legend, Jake Gyllenhaal’s Demolition, and Michael Moore’s Where To Invade Next. But there’s a ton of smaller movies also making their big-screen debuts at TIFF, and one that’s causing a pretty big stir is Hardcore, an over-the-top action movie shot completely from a first-person perspective.
The movie is made by Ilya Naishuller, a Russian who caught the internet’s attention back in 2013 with a POV music video for his band’s single Bad Motherf**ker. That video pulled in more than 40 million views and gave the duo a platform from which to make a full-length feature film. With the help of an Indiegogo campaign, they raised $250,000 to help with SFX costs and Hardcore is the end result.
Filmed using GoPros and a unique face-mounted rig, Hardcore is a technical marvel that reviewers all agree is the funnest movie playing at TIFF. Those that could get past the stomach churning vertigo and motion sickness caused by the first person vantage were treated to 90 minutes of slapstick violence and outrageous mayhem.
No major release date has been set yet for Hardcore, but after setting TIFF abuzz, there’s no doubt the movie will end up getting a wide theatrical release. Those with weak stomachs may want to take a gravol or two before heading out to see it, though. Until then, test your stomach’s ability to handle this kind of first-person shooter with Ilya Naishuller’s original POV video, Bad Motherf**ker: