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In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a group of humans struggle to survive when a disassembled android rebuilds itself and sets out to complete its mission: destroying human beings. Something like an industrial music video come to life, this sci-fi chiller combines ample does of nihilistic attitude, hard and fast heavy metal, and extreme violence. Detailed production design and often excellent special effects elevate the film technically above its low-budget status, though the script feels reminiscent of numerous other futuristic thrillers.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

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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