Again, like Dune, this is another science fiction film (of ones that I have watched recently) that got a lot of bad attention. And again, like Dune, I just could not hate this one. It has a few problems with dated CGI effects and some questionable dialogue. But other than that, I loved it. The acting was surprisingly solid, the homages to the horror that inspired it (the blood from The Shining, the Hell-like torture of Hellraiser, even the use of a sound effect from Doom) were well done, and the practical effects were horrifying and impressive. Especially after watching the documentary on it, it's easy to gain a real appreciation for the film and the challenges it went through. It would have been nice to get an unrated cut, but what's there is still a bloody disturbing time.
Also, as a sidenote for anyone who wants to buy it, try to buy the Special Collector's Edition. It has a better presentation, and contains features like the aforementioned documentary and some of the cut scenes.
tinyE: Hardcore Henry
I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I loved it, and the producers really screwed themselves with how they marketed it.
The ads made it look like 90 minutes of watching an FPS being played for you, and it does have a lot of that, along with FPS standards like the sniping level, the driving level, and the banzai charge level, but what the ads never showed was all the over the top funny crazy ass characters, the easter eggs, and the sense of humor it had, as well as a coherent, albeit totally insane and over the top story, complete with a nice little twist at the end which leaves you rooting for poor Henry even more.
If you don't suffer from motion sickness I strongly recommend you check it out.
I'll agree with you about the advertisement campaign. It relied too much on just action. But I think it just made the more insane and comedic elements of Hardcore Henry a great surprise. During the entire first time I watched it, I kept thinking it was like someone took the attitude of something like Duke Nukem 3D and mixed it with the insanity of a Metal Gear game.
Plus the soundtrack... I can rewatch Hardcore Henry a dozen times for that alone.