This weeks tech post comes via a late Thursday night/early Friday morning date night with the wife. I had been scoping out a new movie named Hardcore Henry that was released yesterday. I had high hopes for this film for a variety of reasons:
1. I love action movies
2. I love new and groundbreaking films
3. I love a new experience and truly got that with d-box seats!
First of without any type of spoilers
this movie is about a badly injured man who is reconstructed into a half robot/half man and spends the majority of the movie trying to find his kidnapped wife. The plot is pretty vague but leaves a lot of room for the action and twists and turns to happen throughout. I love the use of cinematography (the art of making motion pictures) and amazing true first person film work. This film really is a testament to creativity and ingenuity in that it is the first film that made me feel like I was truly part of the production.
Second part is how groundbreaking this type of film is with regards to the first person camera view. This could have been captured in a variety of ways but the director decided that the use of GO Pros strapped to the face would be the way they wanted to tackle this film.
This film gives you the perspective that you are the shooter, being shot at, jumping over stuff, and being punched.The scenes in this movie also continue to seem more and more realistic because all the stunts were performed by stuntman there is no CGI use. It is a type of film making that has never been done for an action film that plays more like an ultra realisitc video game than a standard movie.
Third reason is the D-Box seats! These seats completed my experience and made this movie an experience that I will not soon forget. I felt every explosion, recoil from a gun, jump from a building, punch to the head, and even sublte things like the chair leaning to the side when he looked around a corner. For those that are not familiar with d-box motion seats lets help give you a picture of what im talking about.
D-Box is a Canadian based company that specializes in motion controlled systems or as they put it on their website “D-BOX Technologies Inc. designs, manufactures and commercializes cutting-edge motion systems intended for the entertainment and industrial markets. This technology uses motion effects specifically programmed for each visual content. The resulting motion is perfectly synchronized with the on-screen action, thus creating an unparalleled realistic immersive experience”. This may sound like quite the task but this company has done an amazing job to create a system so synced to the movie, video game, or simulation that you would be hard-pressed to tell me that even for a few minutes during an intense action scene or high-speed chase that you don’t feel like your part of the motion picture. The amount of vibration or force applied to the sat can be tapered down or raised up by a digital level gage located on the front right of your seat.
Overall I thought this movie was a 4 star action film that stays true to their roots by delivering 90 minutes of sheer action and intensity. It should get high marks for style, action, cinematography, and overall fun. This is what action movies should be and with D-Box the movie changed from a motion picture to a motion experience!!!!!!