Episode 46 – Hardcore Henry (w. Charlie Wallace and Jessica Klaers)

Your usual host Doug Gobeski welcomes two elusive guests to the show (Charlie Wallace and Jessica Klaers) to watch the critically heralded 2016 classic Hardcore Henry. They discuss the unique first-person perspective, the intense stunt-work and a tour-de-force performance by Tim Roth. Doug knows this episode is outside his usual release schedule, but it’s just so good it just HAD to be released as soon in April as possible!


In case you wanted to see the full BFI Sight and Sound Critics’ Poll, here it is. This website seems to have a couple of glaring omissions, but hey, nobody’s perfect!

For the record, Doug was talking about Akan, NOT Akon.

Charlie did indeed write that report for the comic Hardcore Akan. It is as follows:

“I read the comic book Hardcore Akan. It was good but Akan was really mean. His dad died in an accident and his mom took a pill. He got his powers from being a bad scientist. He makes lots of funny jokes when he gets rid of the other bad guys. I like Hardcore Akan, but I wish it were a movie like Hardcore Henry so then I wouldn’t have to read at all.”

EP Adam points out that Sharlto Copely is also in District 9. This is a true fact, and Doug regrets not mentioning it.

OK, so no one has an optic nerve quite as long as Mr. Henry, so we’ll probably never know whether the perspective shown in the movie is accurate. However, here’s some info about what happens when your eye gets dislodged.

The crew talks about the Wilhelm Scream during the tag to the episode. Turns out that The Charge at Feather River isn’t the first instance of the Wilhelm, but it IS where the name came from. The first appearance was in Distant Drums (1951).

Things We Mention:

300 (2006)

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

Cloverfield (2008)

Doctor Strange (2016)

Doom (2005)

Secret Girlfriend (2009)

The Dark Knight (2008)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Call of Duty (game series) (2003-present)

Tetris (1984)

Goodfellas (1990)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

The Charge at Feather River (1953)

Hot Fuzz (2007)

Regarding Henry (1991)

Russian Ark (2002)