First things first, this is a low budget, poorly constructed and directed movie. Special effects are lame, hardwiredpeople are randomly hitting keyboard buttons half the time, and there are some acting problems. Those are the bad things, but there is one thing that is so good that it overshadows all that crap and that’s the idea that after all of the world gets crammed with advertising the next ad space is in your head. If you have seen a certain Futurama episode, you might recognize some of the plot. This subversive and utterly disgusting practice will surely find its way into our lives in some form, so we better start thinking about the implications.

Featuring Val Kilmer and Cuba Gooding Jr. in lead roles, this B movie could have been a masterpiece, but i do not know why, they watered it down with clichés and lame action sequences. Working within the constraints of the $5 million budget (I’m guessing a large part went towards the actors), Ernie did the best he could with the script he was given. You can use this to your advantage and amuse yourself like with the rest of the movies so bad that they are good. So, I warned you, but if you are interested as I was this movie will be worth watching, if for nothing else then for the whole eighties science fiction thing going on.  Let go of your vanity and try to check out Hardwired for what it is: a dark, futuristic and retro flick. Who knows, maybe in a couple of next decades becomes a cult classic…

Director: Ernie Barbarash

Cast: Val Kilmer, Cuba Gooding Jr., Rachel Luttrell, Rob Carpenter, Ali Liebert

Fun Stuff: Released straight to DVD


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