‘Hardcore’ is the first-person feature-length followup to ‘Bad Motherfucker’

Most filmmakers rely on careful cinematography, emotive writing, and nuanced performances to make the audience empathize with their main characters. Director Ilya Naishuller has another method. In Naishuller’s Hardcore, a sci-fi action movie currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, he puts the audience behind the eyes of the main character, giving them a first-person perspective on a feature-film length trail of destruction and dead bodies.

Naishuller has used this trick before. Last year he directed the music video for Russian band Biting Elbows’ “Bad Motherfucker,” strapping a camera to the face of an unnamed protagonist and filming his progress as in a video game first-person shooter. The result is a fast-paced, murder-heavy 5-minute…

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