Hardware

Hardware

Director: Richard Stanley

Cast: Dylan McDermott, Stacey Travis, John Lynch

     
 

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Music video director Richard Stanley made his feature debut with this apocalyptic, post-industrial nightmare set in the distant future. Dylan McDermott stars as Moses "Hard Mo"' Baxter, a washed-up ex-soldier who spends most of his time in "The Zone" -- a scorched, ochre-colored desert littered with the radioactive debris of an unspecified war (or wars). Mo's recent

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Music video director Richard Stanley made his feature debut with this apocalyptic, post-industrial nightmare set in the distant future. Dylan McDermott stars as Moses "Hard Mo"' Baxter, a washed-up ex-soldier who spends most of his time in "The Zone" -- a scorched, ochre-colored desert littered with the radioactive debris of an unspecified war (or wars). Mo's recent Zone foray with war-buddy Shades (Jon Lynch) turns up an interesting find -- a pile of droid parts he purchases from a spooky "Zone Tripper" (Carl McCoy, frontman for goth-rock's Fields of the Nephilim), which he carts home to his reclusive artist girlfriend Jill (Stacy Travis) to serve as raw material for her latest work. Unbeknownst to them, the dismantled robot is the prototype of a controversial new battle-droid dubbed the Mark 13, which is designed to reassemble itself from available materials if damaged in combat. In short order, the Mark 13 proceeds to do just that, tapping into the power grid in Jill's fortress-like apartment and targeting her for death.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
A nightmarish, post-apocalyptic voyage into man's deepest-rooted natural and technological fears, director Richard Stanley's bid for stateside success resulted in a jarringly disturbing film unfairly dismissed at the time as a rip-off of James Cameron's better-known and similarly themed The Terminator (1984). While those comparisons aren't entirely unfounded given the subject matter, Stanley seems to have been going for something entirely different here. Nowhere is this more evident than in the inclusion of one particular element that Cameron's sci-fi classic neglected to adequately address, nature. While the characters in The Terminator were attempting a last ditch plea to save humankind from extinction solely at the hands of machines, Stanley establishes early on that the human race has already marked their days due to their callous treatment of the Earth itself; technology and killer robots only serve to compound this fact. Stanley's argument regarding nature and technology seems to be that once mankind has destroyed their world and stripped it of its natural resources, they will have no place to escape to once a more adaptive life form rises. In addition to the external factors which threaten man (or, in this case, woman), Stanley also makes a strong case that as a result of such natural horrors, the human race would suffer internally as well. From the sexual predator that the heroine must evade to the fact that cannabis has been legalized so that humans can have momentarily escape from their moribund existence, it's obvious that humankind's rape of the Earth has had significant negative impact on their mental well-being. Frequently disturbing and unsettling in its unflinching, beautifully horrific view of a race on the brink of extinction due to its own reckless excess, Hardware may not have broken any new ground in terms of originality, though the stylized manner in which it's told and its harsh sense of desperation truly set it apart from the pack as an effective and horrific view of what may be in store for humankind if we don't pause to reconsider the effects of our actions on future generations.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/2009
UPC:
0891635001704
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
NR
Source:
Severin
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
28,203

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dylan McDermott Moses Baxter
Stacey Travis Jill
John Lynch Shades
William Hootkins Lincoln Wineberg Jr.
Iggy Pop Angry Bob
Mark Northover Alvy
Betsy Fels Actor
Karen Lindsay-Stewart Actor
Mac McDonald Newscaster
Carl McCoy Zone Tripper
Paul McKenzie Vernon
Lemmy Taxi driver
Chris McHallem Premier Boelgakof
Barbara Yu Ling Chinese Mother
Oscar James Chief

Technical Credits
Richard Stanley Director,Screenwriter
Image Animation Special Effects
Michael Baldwin Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph Bennett Production Designer
Simon Boswell Score Composer
Steven Chivers Cinematographer
Ray Corbett Associate Producer
Nik Powell Executive Producer
Joanne Sellar Co-producer
Derek Trigg Editor
Paul Trijbits Producer
Harvey Weinstein Producer
Bob Weinstein Producer
Stephen Woolley Executive Producer
Trix Worrell Executive Producer

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