Hardware (Richard Stanley, 1990)

Earth of the future in this film is swathed in suprasensory production design: every fictional product looks like it tastes metallic, and every stray scrap of steel sounds as familiar as the keys jingling in our fists feel. And just as the surveillance technologies in the film often adorn the eyes of its protagonists with grids, maps, and circuits, the cinematographic technology drapes sequences in red and blue filters, garnishing them with flame, sweat, blood, and feathers. Sadly, the skeletal narrative reveals the flaw at the heart of exterior decoration, and the effect is that of a truly dangerous population-control cyberdroidbot, gesturing menacingly. Wearing a pair of baggy trousers. On its head.

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