Film Reviews: “M.A.R.K.-13”, aka “Hardware” (1990)

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Starring Dylan McDermott, Stacey Travis, Iggy Pop, and Lemmy Kilmister.

“Hardware” takes place in a radiation filled, futuristic post-war wasteland. Moses Baxter wanders around in search of treasure he can sell. It’s Christmas eve, and for his girlfriend he brings back the head of an old robot that she can use in her sculptures. The head comes alive and rebuilds it’s body using parts from her apartment. The android has one purpose in mind… To kill.

What a strange movie! The set design, and style of “Hardware” is fantastic, but with little substance or story to accompany. If I was to compare this to anything, it would be “Fallout 3” meets “The 5th Element” meets “The Terminator.” It’s a crazy artsy industrial rock n roll horror sci-fi slasher. I enjoyed it for what it was. Great to look at, but wish there was more story.

2.5 out of 4.0 stars.

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