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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… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of those lovingly crafted movies where ingenuity and enthusiasm overcome the budgetary limitations."
‑ Ian Berriman, SFX Magazine
"Nearly two decades later, Hardware retains its merciless poise, and while the filmmaker has slipped into obscurity, his finest work still lunges for the throat."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"Surprisingly capable sci-fi/monster thriller. And the soundtrack is so cool it can kill from fifty yards away."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
"Stanley's attempts at visual stylishness are so relentless they preclude the simple act of telling a good tale."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"They say all you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun. But if you've got a girl and a killer robot, then you're really onto something."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
"Fantastic "future shock" movie about a killer robot run amuck in a postnuclear future. Not to be missed!"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Shut up. Try to pay attention."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Stanley is nothing if not a master of efficient filmmaking."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"If the story were as involving as the visual style..."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
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