Ilya Naishuller

Hardcore Grenade

When Robert Montgomery made Lady in the Lake in 1947, there were no video games, nor was home movie-making yet a popular hobby. But like the “first-person POV” films of today, which are often inspired by one or the other, that early experiment in technique was also modeled after a precedent. Montgomery wasn’t going for just a clever cinematographic trick or gimmick extended to feature-length. There was some logic behind the device of Lady in the Lake, as it aims to be a faithful adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s detective novel by translating its first-person literary style into the language of motion pictures. The result was deemed an interesting idea but not a good one, in practice. There’s something jarring about movies shot fully in the POV style, and something kind of hokey about them, too. And yet people keep making them anyway. The latest attempt is Hardcore, which is being produced by Timur Bekmambetov and directed by Ilya Naishuller and which co-stars Sharlto Copley. From the start billed as “the world’s first POV action movie,” clearly inspired by “first-person shooter” video games and achieved in part thanks to the employment of GoPro cameras, the project now has a crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo in order to raise $250k for post-production costs. That makes it sound like nobody in the industry would finance such a crazy concept, but Naishuller states that the decision is more about not letting the movie be “dictated by the terms of it’s distribution, but rather by the people who put thousands of hours into making it happen.” The question is: how much do […]

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Bad Motherfucker

Have you ever jacked in? Have you ever wire tripped? Have you ever done it for two hours without wanting to throw up? Producer Timur Bekmambetov and director Ilya Naishuller are hoping that you can stomach a feature-length film they describe as “the world’s first POV action movie” — a project that will most likely feel like you’re watching someone else play a video game. Shot on a GoPro camera and starring Sharlto Copley, Hardcore exists because of Naishuller’s insanely popular music video for “Bad Motherfucker”, but while that was a four-and-a-half minute, first-person display of fantastic action choreography, it’s a bit difficult to imagine watching a feature version without getting at least a little queasy.

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published: 12.19.2014
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