Hardware is wonderfully effective when it's not being a slasher film. The world-building and production design is excellent for the budget, which hardly ever shows, and there's a cynicism in this dystopia that gives it a timeless edge. There's also an occult subtext if you look hard enough.
Dense lush visual style coupled by perhaps the limited budget create a wonderful vibe, a real feel to this film. Then things get very much focused on a killer robot and some gruesome kills. Still the first half adds to my interest in South African cinema indeed and it indeed earns the cult following it has.
There are lots of great things in this film: Iggy Pop's irreverent DJ, William Hootkins (the fat military intelligence agent from RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK) as an insane pervert, the killer M.A.R.K. 13 robot with its ironic American flag paint-job, the pervading sense of doom, a rad soundtrack, etc. Unfortunately, the whole isn't greater than the sum of its parts. HARDWARE is fun but suffers from bad pacing & writing.
Not the most horrible movie I've ever seen but that doesn't mean it wasn't a dumb one. Hardware felt like a 90-minute music video that borrowed liberally from better sci-fi movies while embracing the worst parts of the late 80s and early 90s. Personally, I would've loved to have seen and heard more from the pervert neighbor but that's just me. Other than that some decent imagery but overall some weak storytelling.
as a movie, this is a hot mess. but as an emblem of pre-grunge counterculture, it's kind of amazing. part "mad max," part david cronenberg, part crappy cyberpunk yarn, part KMFDM video. angst-ridden and aimlessly anti-establishment. lots of red camera filters and declarations about how the world is going to hell, some of them delivered by dylan mcdermott! if you fondly remember dave kendall, you may want to watch it.
The begging where the mysterious wastelander scraps for reusable robot parts made it really intriguing for me, but after throwing that cheese of a sex scene and the highly static hide and seek game with the robot...well those didn't work for me and turned it in to scraps left for picking. The music was excellent, especially the Public Image Ltd. track.
Awesome slice of 90´s low budget sci-fi. The premise is pretty decent but it's the execution that sets this movie apart from others like it. The blend of punk attitude, gothic cool, gory violence, sexual perversion, psychedelic acid trips, fun cameos and technical prowess makes this a fun ride.
An effective mood piece, which you can thank the color pallette and the synth score for, that I am somewhat surprised isn't a bigger cult film (as noted at a comment below). There's an interesting sense of direction and some memorable imagery that makes this low-budget sci-fi horror captivating to watch. Favourite images? Quite a few actually.