Hardcore Trailer Brings FPS Action to The Movies


Crowdfunded action movie aims to bring first-person shooters to the big screen

Musician/filmmaker Ilya Naishuller scored a viral hit with the music video for his band Biting Elbows’ “Bad Motherf***er,” which depicted an ultra-violent action sequence from an immersive perspective reminiscent of first-person shooter video games. One fan of the piece turned out to be Timur Bekmambetov, the director of Nightwatch, Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, who proposed that Naishuller create a feature film using the same technique.

The resulting film, Hardcore, now has an extended trailer as part of an Indiegogo campaign to secure funding for post-production expenses. The clip, best described as a live-action version of a Call of Duty tutorial, features actor Sharlto Copley walking the audience-POV hero through the basics of taking down an entire platoon of heavily-armed henchmen in an abandoned building.

Described as a “modern action sci-fi story” taking place over the course of a single day, the film’s plot follows a man recently-resurrected as a cyborg who must rescue his wife/creator from a telekinetic supervillain and his minions. The majority of the project was filmed in Russia using a custom face-mounted camera rig. No release date or distributor has yet been established.

Source: Biting Elbows


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